We, the undersigned residents of and visitors to Indianapolis, call upon the Indianapolis City-County Council and the Rules & Public Policy Committee to reject any ordinance that penalizes the homeless, including Proposal No. 357 (2018).
Proposal No. 357, initiated by Councillor McQuillen, is an attack on our city’s homeless population under the thin guise of a measure addressing panhandling, which is already regulated by Indiana state law. A study conducted by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute in 2017 found that 96% of panhandlers in Indianapolis reported being homeless, and 86% used money they earned to buy food. An attack on panhandling is an attack on our city’s homeless population.
Proposal No. 357 is being touted as a public safety measure, but nothing about the proposal addresses public safety. Instead, McQuillen blames homeless people for the perceived safety, or lack thereof, of downtown. He attempts to back this up by reaching all the way back to a 2012 safety perception survey by Downtown Indy Inc. which does not give reasons for respondents’ perception of downtown’s safety. In doing this, he twists six-year-old data to baselessly support this attack on the homeless, ignoring more recent data that shows an upward trend in the sense of safety in our city.
Proposal No. 357 does nothing to address the cause of homelessness. There are more than 10,000 vacant or abandoned homes in Indianapolis, according to public data available from OpenIndy. Instead of taking bold action to make housing available for those who need it, McQuillen has partnered with wealthy business interests in the Mile Square financial district, whose donations total more than 40% of his campaign contributions, to try to push the homeless out of sight. Placing corporate profits over human lives is reprehensible.
We say: “No war on the poor!” Reject Proposal No. 357!
Tell the City-County Council: "Reject Sit-Lie!"
This petition is now closed.
End date: Nov 20, 2018
Signatures collected: 143
Pack the House!
If you are in or around Indianapolis, join us on Tuesday, November 20, to tell the Rules & Public Policy Committee in person that we refuse to accept this attack on people experiencing homelessness in our city!
Tuesday, November 20 at 5:30 PM
Indianapolis City-County Building
200 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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