City to set new restrictions for downtown homeless

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Today the City of Tucsonis expected to set new restrictions on homeless in the downtown area, in preparationfor the Gem show's arrival in February.

More than 100 homelesspeople show up at the Veinte de Augusto Park to sleep on most nights, but whenthe gem show arrives in a few weeks the area will be turned into a conciergeservice area.

In the past the city hasencouraged the homeless to leave the downtown area, but this year officials aretaking a softer approach.

According to the Citymanager and Tucson Police officials new restrictions for the homeless are – no sleepingin the area during the day, but they can sleep on the sidewalks overnight from10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.  Another restriction will beappearance - the homeless cannot appear to be homeless, they will be asked tocarry just one bag and one sleeping bag.

The remainder of the City'splan is expected to be revealed later today, and how they will implement thisplan.  Parks and Recreation plans to havemaps so the homeless know where they can go to use the restrooms and get waterduring the day.

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