Montpelier decriminalizes homeless tenting on metropolis property

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Montpelier City Council unanimously approved homeless people to allow emergency camping on city public areas due to a lack of affordable housing and shelters.

The city council voted on Wednesday to decriminalize such camping. It’s not a long-term solution to homelessness, but a short-term move as the city is going through an immediate affordable housing crisis, according to politicians, according to mychamplainvalley.com.

City workers who find a camp on public land will have to email the police and the city administrator’s office to determine how to respond, the news channel reported. People who camp in highly sensitive areas are asked to change their clothes within 24 hours and to be connected to overnight accommodation free of charge. After 24 hours, these camps could be removed from the city.