Bill to Require All Cities to Adopt Homeless Encampment Policies

March 14, 2022

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Cities are asked to give the League their feedback before the bill is heard on March 16 at 10:30 a.m.

The House Preventing Homelessness Division will hear a bill requiring all cities to develop a policy addressing homeless encampments on March 16 at 10:30 a.m.

The League is requesting city feedback on the bill, HF 4225 (Rep. Aisha Gomez, DFL-Minneapolis), which creates new requirements for all cities.

The bill:

  • Requires all cities and counties to develop a policy that recognizes the differing aspects of homeless individuals camping on public property, and that ensures humane treatment and removal of homeless individuals camping on public property.
  • Creates specific parameters for the policy that must be adopted, including:
    • Providing a 72-hour notice prior to removal.
    • Collecting and storing unclaimed personal property of value.
    • Prohibiting citations of individuals within 200 feet of the notice within two hours before or after the notice is posted.

The League is developing written testimony on the bill and requests city feedback. Cities can send their feedback to Daniel Lightfoot at dlightfoot@lmc.org.

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