Yes, homelessness should be criminalized. Every politician, developer, landlord, church leader and any other “citizen” that opposes or otherwise fails to support sustainable housing; the fight to end unjust incarceration of the disadvantaged; and the restoration of American family life should be sentenced to a term of time in the streets and subsequent parole in a Community for Creative Non-Violence, or CCNV, -like shelter. A fair sentence, as will be mine when editors note the length of that run-on sentence. [Editor’s note: We sentence Ken to a punishment of 50 more op-eds.]

Ken Martin is a Vendor/Artist for Street Sense. He has a background in community organizing as well as real estate. Ken operates a pop-up hat shop in the District. Learn more at