“Theoretically, with this notice, police could just show up at any spot where the homeless are, evict them on the spot and throw their stuff in a garbage truck.” Bill Quigley, a Loyola University law professor and director of the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center,
A proposed city ordinance, scheduled for a vote at Thursday’s City Council meeting, would make it easier for the police and health departments to crack down on homeless encampments that pop up in New Orleans, such as a tent city that recently appeared at Camp and Calliope streets.
The ordinance is sponsored by Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and has the support of the Mayor’s Office. It has been criticized by a Loyola University law professor and the local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, both of whom say it could be unconstitutional.
The proposal comes just a week after the city removed about 160 homeless individuals from an encampment under the Pontchartrain Expressway after declaring the area a public health hazard.