There are like so many empty houses and empty lots in my neighbourhood. And now the city’s building one of those homeless “villages” that are really just internment camps / open air prisons made from refurbished shipping containers on a spot where homeless folks had already been making their own communal space without the presence of cops and social workers forcing them to do job training programs or whatever the fuck. It fucking sucks. I really hate the faux-progressiveness of this place sometimes.
In case you haven't heard about this before: cities are starting to build mini "villages" of tiny homes for homeless folks that are meant to act as transition housing.
The problem is that the "houses" are basically sheds the size of prison cells (the ones being built by my house are shipping containers divided into 3 100x100 units each), with the same or stricter rules as homeless shelters, a requirement to participate in non-profit programming including case management and employment training, security guards controlling the perimeter and “checking for contraband” (no drugs or alcohol use allowed, likely other restricted items), etc. They’re not meant to house anyone long-term, just long enough to move them elsewhere, and are heavily policed. It's basically just a way to further restrict the autonomy of homeless folks and subject them to even greater levels of surveillance and control.