Department of Family & Support Services

City Policy and Procedures Governing Off-Street Cleaning Pursuant to Settlement Agreement

This policy establishes guidelines and procedures for the removal during off-street
cleanings of items improperly stored by homeless persons on certain public property. The goal of
this policy is to allow the City to maintain public areas in a clean and sanitary condition, protect
the public health and safety, and ensure the accessibility of public areas to all. In implementing
this policy, the City seeks to balance the needs and rights of all its citizens who use public
property, including the homeless. At the same time, this policy does not establish any individual
right to store personal possessions on the public way for any period of time, erect temporary
shelters, or otherwise encroach on public property.

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