The measure, which was introduced by Councilmember Joe Buscaino, went up for a vote but was opposed by several members.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to send a motion that would ban homeless encampments across the city to a homelessness and poverty committee.
On Sep. 3, a law banning encampments in certain areas in the city went into effect. Encampments would prohibit encampments in areas like sidewalks and driveways, freeway overpasses and on-ramps, and near libraries, parks, schools and homeless shelters.
The measure calls for a citywide ordinance that bans camping in all public areas if shelter is available.
The program is called, “Circle,” and would send outreach teams and trained responders instead of law enforcement.
Moreover, the city council adopted a new approach towards 9-1-1 calls reporting non-violent homeless people.