BALTIMORE - A human rights group plans to rally in front of City Hall at 4 p.m. Monday to protest a panhandling bill that they contend unfairly targets Baltimore’s homeless population.
Housing Our Neighbors said the bill, which will be introduced to the council's judiciary committee on Monday, will disproportionately affect the homeless and does not address the root problem – a lack of affordable housing.
“Stop criminalizing poverty,” said Housing Our Neighbors in a statement. “Instead, let us prioritize our time and resources on increased supportive housing opportunities - an evidenced-based solution to ending homelessness.”
Monday’s protest comes in the wake similar concerns expressed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector now says she'll propose limiting the proposed commercial buffer zones to places where people are most vulnerable – where they're dining outside or paying for parking or entering pedestrian bridges.
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