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New protection for homeless camps in Louisville on council docket

Metro council to vote on new ordinance protecting Louisville's homeless.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Louisville Metro Council ordinance that aims to help the city's homeless population is awaiting a final ok. But that final approval is expected Thursday night.

From the street, you see their tents and what you're looking at is someone's home. A place city officials are now working to ensure is protected and respected within city limits.

"We all thought we could do better and I think we will with this ordinance,” Metro Councilman Bill Hollander said.

The new ordinance proposed last year would provide 21 days’ notice before a camp located on Metro property is cleared- bulldozed away by city employees.

Hollander explained, "It provides notice at the camp, and to the coalition for the homeless, which will then give notice to its non-profit partners so that the homeless can remove their belongings and very importantly, Metro employees, and volunteers from various groups can work to find temporary housing."

The goal is the clearing won't be a surprise.

Instead, they will have time to pack, resources there to help them move and a place for them to go.

If things are left behind, the city says it will store them.

This new policy will go into effect if it passes at the Metro Council meeting.

"It is my hope, and my belief it will be a positive vote because it’s a step in the right direction,” Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith said.

The ordinance will be discussed and voted on at the Metro Council Meeting Thursday night.