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Meanest Cities

   

1. Little Rock, Arkansas

11. Sarasota, Florida

2. Atlanta, Georgia

12. Key West, Florida

3. Cincinnati, Ohio

13. Nashville, Tennessee

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

14. Berkeley, California

5. Gainesville, Florida

15. Dallas, Texas

6. New York City, New York

16. Fresno, California

7. Los Angeles, California

17. San Antonio, Texas

8. San Francisco, California

18. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

9. Honolulu, Hawaii

19. St. Paul, Minnesota

10. Austin, Texas

20. Manchester, New Hampshire

Meanest States

 

1. California

2. Florida

3. Hawaii

4. Texas

Criteria for Selection of the Meanest Cities

1. Number of anti-homeless laws in that city. (See Prohibited Conduct Chart.)

2. Enforcement and severity of penalties.

3. General political climate toward homeless people in that city.

4. Local activist(s) or organization(s) supported the "meanest" designation

5. The city was surveyed or studied in this report and has a history of criminalization.

6. Criminalizing legislation is pending or enacted in that city.

Full report in .pdf form | Introduction | Background | Methodology | Problem Statement/Consequences of Criminalization | Model Programs | Conclusions & Recommendations | The Cities Included in this Report | Meanest Cities | Narratives of the Meanest Cities | Narratives of the Other Cities | Prohibited Conduct Chart | Survey Questions | Incident Report Form: English & Incident Report Form: Spanish | Sources