Monday at a press conference, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis endorsed a legislative initiative to combat public homelessness by proposing a ban on camping on all municipal sidewalks, streets, and parks.
DeSantis further expressed his willingness to offer monetary assistance to local governments in order to facilitate the housing of the destitute and offer them treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues.
“We just can’t live like that in the state of Florida.” DeSantis said.
Decades have passed as numerous communities in Florida have struggled with how to manage their homeless populations.
DeSantis argued that his strategy would benefit all parties involved.
“I think this is the right approach. I think it’s an approach that puts the residents of Florida first and foremost in their quality of life, but also is compassionate, and understanding that there are some serious issues that are at play in our society that drive some of this.” he said.
During this legislative session, the Florida House and Senate are debating bills pertaining to homelessness.