Moratorium on Acts of Living Laws

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This petition was initiated two years ago but little has been done to address the fundamental problems since then and the recent HUD data shows that homelessness has increased in Douglas County by over 14% since 2015, when citizens originally asked our elected city representatives to stop the criminalization of our homeless neighbors until we solve the housing crisis that is the root of the problem of homelessness here.

The prolonged housing crisis, a stalled economy & a shrinking social safety net have all contributed to significant levels of homelessness across the nation, including in Roseburg. Most recent HUD data indicate that chronic homelessness in rural Oregon has gone up 67% since 2013. The city of Roseburg has enacted a variety of “act of living” laws that have criminalized homeless & adversely impacted both the individuals who commit these “crimes”, as well as the entire community. These laws have not reduced homelessness or the impact on the community homelessness causes. It seems that they have only made matters worse. The US Interagency Council on Homelessness, which includes the US Depart of Justice & HUD have determined that such laws do not work, are not cost-effective, and possibly unconstitutional.

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the city councilors & mayor of Roseburg to act now to put an immediate moratorium on the enforcement of various acts of living laws that have been enacted by the city, until such time as the city has documented the effectiveness of these laws to reduce or eliminate homelessness and their cost-effectiveness. These “acts of living” laws include: 7.02.030 - Drinking in public, 7.02.050 - Public urination; 7.02.100 - Prohibited camping; and 8.02.150 (D) - Unlawful Transfer on a Highway.  

 



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