Some cities and whole US states have chosen to actually criminalize homelessness and thus resolve the problem of dealing with poor and homeless Americans.
Recent data shows that currently there are more than 700,000 homeless people in the US. Just a few of the problems these people face include getting food and clean drinking water, finding a shelter, staying warm and dry, getting access to restrooms and bathroom facilities.
Even though the right to have access to clean drinking water and restrooms is a part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a UN investigator issued a shocking report that a number of cities and counties in the US have actually denied these rights.
The recession has caused an increase in unemployment and homelessness, and at the same time has decreased the state and municipal funds meant to provide for the numerous people living on the streets.
The fact is that some cities and even entire states have decided to literally make it illegal to be homeless, thus not having to deal with these problems.
For example, just recently, in Columbia, South Carolina, the City Hall voted that all homeless people were asked to leave downtown and move to a shelter in the outskirts, and that those who refuse or return would be arrested or penalized.
Other cities in the Southern States have encouraged the police to issue more fines and tickets for homeless people, others have actually stopped water supply to fountains and locked up public restrooms, so that the homeless move away.
The UN officials and a large number of the public have expressed their shock of the cruel measures and plan on challenging such laws and practices in court.