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Trump’s Plan to Criminalize Homelessness Is Taking Shape

As advocates and service providers brace for an executive order on homelessness, HUD Secretary Ben Carson heads to Houston.
President Trump with HUD Secretary Ben Carson.
President Trump with HUD Secretary Ben Carson.Patrick Semansky/AP

The White House is taking steps toward decisive new action on homelessness, bucking policies favored by advocates in favor of an aggressive approach that centers the role of law enforcement. Some of these efforts hit roadblocks this week, but more measures are in the works—including a rumored executive order on homeless encampments.

Advocates say that they expect an executive order on homelessness to assign new resources to police departments to remove homeless encampments and even strip housing funds from cities that choose to tolerate these encampments. It’s one of several efforts being steered by the White House’s Domestic Policy Council in concert with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.