Homeless supporter quits board over camping ban

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An advocate for the homeless has resigned from a homelessness task force in a southeastern Indiana city after its City Council approved a camping ban on public and private properties.

Jesus Cares at Exit 0 Director Paul Stensrud tells The Courier-Journal of Louisville he believes Jeffersonville leaders are unfairly targeting homeless people. He says city leaders should have followed the advice of the Jeffersonville Homelessness Task Force, which recommended it incorporate the city’s 48-hour written notice policy into the camping ordinance.

City Attorney Les Merkley says he’s disappointed homeless advocates aren’t supportive of the camping ordinance, which he said was drafted from similar ordinances in bigger cities. He says police can’t issue citations or make arrests without first warning campers they could be cited or arrested.

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