City to set new restrictions for downtown homeless - Tucson News Now

City to set new restrictions for downtown homeless

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Today the City of Tucson is expected to set new restrictions on homeless in the downtown area, in preparation for the Gem show's arrival in February. 

More than 100 homeless people show up at the Veinte de Augusto Park to sleep on most nights, but when the gem show arrives in a few weeks the area will be turned into a concierge service area.

In the past the city has encouraged the homeless to leave the downtown area, but this year officials are taking a softer approach. 

According to the City manager and Tucson Police officials new restrictions for the homeless are – no sleeping in the area during the day, but they can sleep on the sidewalks overnight from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.  Another restriction will be appearance - the homeless cannot appear to be homeless, they will be asked to carry just one bag and one sleeping bag. 

The remainder of the City's plan is expected to be revealed later today, and how they will implement this plan.  Parks and Recreation plans to have maps so the homeless know where they can go to use the restrooms and get water during the day.

Stay with Tucson News Now for updates as they come in.

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