Our unhoused neighbors are human, and the language we use should reflect that.
Let's abandon outdated, "othering", and dehumanizing terminology- and instead, adopt people-centered language that emphasize personhood over housing status. pic.twitter.com/w3u2pfFbjf
— LA Homeless Services Authority (@LAHomeless) August 22, 2022
“Our unhoused neighbors are human, and the language we use should reflect that,” tweeted the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. “Let’s abandon outdated, ‘othering’, and dehumanizing terminology—and instead, adopt people-centered language that emphasize [sic] personhood over housing status.”
The tweet included an infographic detailing what the city consider acceptable and unacceptable terms to describe homelessness.
“People who live outside,” “people who are unhoused,” and “people experiencing homelessness,” all made the list of acceptable descriptions. They claimed wanting to “emphasize personhood over housing status.”
Still, Newsom has insisted that the state’s growing problems are not the result of his big-government policies.
“So there is a new framework around accountability, new planning metrics that include county sheriffs,” Newsom said in January. “And I look forward to the sheriff’s detailed strategy on how best to use the resources that he’s been provided as well.”
While changing the word is unlikely to actually help the homeless, it will provide a distraction for those discussing the issue. The LAHSA likely also hopes that the new terms will make the situation seem less dire.
The desperate attempts to redefine words come as Democrats struggle to gain a foothold ahead of the midterms. They are fighting an uphill battle against high gas prices, soaring inflation and an increasingly intrusive government.
Democrats running for local offices are also fighting against increased crime and decreased police patrols. Pundits on both sides are expecting a massive red wave in November.