Following recent disturbing events, senior attorney for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Eric Tars, spoke to Salon.com about America's treatment of its homeless population. In the interview Tars discusses the misconceptions about being homeless, the ever increasing number of anti-homeless laws and the importance of housing services.
Eric Tars on America's overall response to its homeless:
"On the Statue of Liberty, the plaque reads, give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. Send the homeless to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door, but now we’re saying don’t send me your homeless. Even the homeless that are already here, we’re not lifting our lamp beside the golden door, we’re lifting our police baton beside the gilded gates of a gated community. It’s a different concept of who we should be, as Americans. "