City-County Council approves proposal to study feasibility of establishment of homeless camp in downtown Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS – The City-County Council has passed a proposal that would study, among several options, the feasibility of establishing a permanent homeless encampment site near downtown Indianapolis.

Proposal 76 requires Mayor Hogsett’s office to report back by Sept. 1 on how such an encampment would be set up and run.

The council has authorized the closure of informal camp sites, with notice and the provision that there would be alternative shelter available. The proposal would permit the enforcement of obstruction of right of way ordinances to clear sidewalks and streets as long as the city has fulfilled “Homeless Bill of Rights” obligations.

The proposal would study the feasibility of establishing a permanent encampment site where service providers could monitor homeless persons in need of assistance.

Groups and individuals who donate food and clothing to the homeless population would also have to abide by Marion County Public Health Department codes.

Any rules about the encampment location would also include input from persons who have lived without shelter.

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