Inside of these zones, homeless people are subject to increased criminalization and policing. Their belongings are seized, searched without warrant, and often destroyed. Anyone who cannot get a bed at the shelter will be at risk of property destruction, arrest, and police violence.
THERE AREN’T ENOUGH BEDS FOR EVERYONE
The mayor and city council know that our unhoused neighbors couldn’t all fit in these shelters. Rather than letting those who couldn’t get in encamp nearby, they’ve chosen to make proximity to shelter illegal. A homeless person might travel miles to an ABH shelter, only to discover it’s full and have to move all over again.
AND SECZ ARE ALSO SUPER EXPENSIVE
If we put the SECZs policing money elsewhere, we could double our Emergency Management budget, or quadruple our Domestic Violence Response. These are services our unhoused neighbors actually need, and money our city can’t afford to throw away. For all of these reasons, we’re taking action. Click below to find out how you can get involved.