Speak up for Homeless Rights!
City Council Meeting Tuesday June 19th at 7pm
Come to the City Council Meeting on Tuesday evening at 7pm at City Hall, 990 Palm Street.
Wouldn't it be great if SLO could pass a Homeless Bill of Rights here too?
The following is from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/rhode-island-homeless-bill-of-rights_n_1595063.html?utm_hp_ref=impact
Rhode Island Passes 'Homeless Bill Of Rights'
(Reuters) - Rhode Island's governor is expected to sign into law the first "Homeless Bill of Rights" in the United States as early as next week, formally banning discrimination against homeless people and affirming their equal access to jobs, housing and services.
The legislation, which won final approval by the state Senate on Wednesday, bucks a national trend among municipalities toward outlawing behaviors associated with homelessness such as eating, sleeping and panhandling in public spaces.
Among other steps, the Rhode Island law would guarantee homeless people the right to use public sidewalks, parks and transportation as well as public buildings, like anyone else "without discrimination on the basis of his or her housing status."
It guarantees a "reasonable expectation of privacy" with respect to personal belongings similar to that of people who have homes.
While other laws already guarantee many of the rights specified in this legislation, supporters say it was necessary due to widespread discrimination.
"I think we've set the bar high in the U.S. for homeless people, and I'm very proud of that," said Senator John Tassoni, a sponsor of the bill.
Rhode Island is the smallest of the 50 U.S. states.