National City considers homeless encampment ban

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (FOX 5/KUSI) — In the National City council chambers Tuesday, the proposed homeless encampment ordinance sparked heated debate as individuals experiencing homelessness voiced concerns over its potential impacts on their already precarious lives.

Following the lead of San Diego and Poway, National City deliberated on implementing a ban on homeless encampments, provided there are available beds for individuals to transition off the streets.

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However, the overwhelming sentiment at the council meeting was one of opposition to the idea. Despite this, some homeowners expressed support, citing concerns over the current situation.

City staffers highlighted that since San Diego implemented similar bans, an influx of homeless individuals seeking refuge from encampment crackdowns has been observed in National City.

Members of the homeless community condemned the ordinance, arguing that it would effectively criminalize their misfortune.

National City leaders decided in the end to continue to study the issue and ordered staff to look into possible legal issues facing the banning of homelessness encampments.

The city council will bring the matter back in front of the mayor in June.

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