In a blow to efforts to better provide resources for the city’s homeless population, the City Council Monday rejected its committee’s legislation to expand areas of the city where homeless encampments are allowed. Here’s an update on the vote from Publicola:
By a narrow vote, the city council rejected legislation today that would have expanded the parts of the city in which homeless encampments like Tent City and Nickelsville (currently permitted only on land owned by religious institutions or the city) are allowed.
The city has told Nickelsville residents that they have to leave their current encampment, which has been located illegally on city-owned land for the past two years, in September.
Council members who supported the legislation, including its sponsors Nick Licata and Mike O’Brien, said that although tent encampments aren’t a perfect solution, they’re better than leaving people to simply sleep on the street.
While the issue goes well beyond crime and safety, in a CHS survey, readers said increased patrols and better homeless programs were the most important solutions to making Cal Anderson safer.