I support the Health and Safety of community and the need and right of un-housed to live in vehicles. Un-housed are mix of financially unfortunate and those with personal and substance abuse problems. Many of the un-housed are vets from Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Vets from Vietnam averaged ten years before becoming un-housed, Now with Afghanistan it is one year to become un-housed. There are more young un-housed and even children.
I have lived in Palo Alto since 1957. I was un-housed using public streets, parking lots, and church lots to sleep in my vehicle for 13 years. With out the freedom to live in public domain when I had no other place to go with out being harassed and criminalized being arrested for sleeping in only shelter I had. This use of public areas allowed me to life, liberty, protect my property, and pursue happiness.
I was responsible and considerate of community and created work for myself and other un-housed which gave them income and served needs in community. I housed other un-housed in my vehicles that worked with me. I supported my god daughter to improve her life. I could not have done these things with out the freedom to use the public domain.
Un-housed are members of community and living in fear for being criminalized for living. There is many organizations that help un-housed to integrate them into community. Those that break laws threatening community health and safety can be reported and will be sited or arrested. Police will respond to complaints and direct un-housed to appropriate places to park. There are laws to protect community and I do not feel a new law restricting use of public domain are not needed or desirable.