Dozens Protest Ordinance That Bans Sitting, Lying In Downtown Indianapolis

Sep 24, 2018

Republicans on the Indianapolis City-County Council introduced a proposal Monday night that would affect the city’s homeless population.

The ordinance says no one can sit or lie on a city street or sidewalk within the Mile Square between 6 a.m. and midnight. The councilors behind it say it’s meant to address aggressive panhandling.

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Tippecanoe County leaders are advocating the creation of what they’re calling a “single point of contact” system for preventing and eliminating homelessness. They want to streamline the multiple services used by the homeless to make it easier to get them back on their feet.

City of Lafayette homeless and community outreach director Adam Murphy says there are bottlenecks in the current system which stop those wanting for services from getting all they need.

A new collaborative effort is beginning to fight homelessness in Tippecanoe County.

It’s called Solutions Beyond Shelter and aims at identifying the issues most important to dealing with those who are homeless or at risk.

United Way CEO James Taylor says people who have experienced the problem – or are now – are needed to help solve the problem. He says service providers, and people who understand the challenges facing low-income individuals, should participate also.

Wired magazine says it "sounds like something out of a darkly satirical science-fiction dystopia."