SEATTLE -- Seattle City Council members meet Thursday to consider a new ordinance that would put more restrictions on the way the city evicts residents in illegal homeless encampments, located in areas like greenbelts, underpasses, and bridges.
The proposal calls for a 30-day notice to residents in the encampments before they're evicted. During that period, the city would need to offer housing and outreach services.
Basic garbage and sanitation services would also be required.
The new ordinance reserves the right to remove residents more quickly if they are in a dangerous situation.
ACLU of Washington is a staunch supporter of the ordinance, saying “The City’s current policy for people who are sleeping outdoors simply is not working – it mostly chases people from place to place. The City Council needs to take action on the ordinance soon, as the season of wet and colder weather is fast approaching.”
If city officials violated the ordinance, the city could be forced to pay $250 to each affected camper.