Being homeless in Nevada City, Calif., may soon require a license.
The city’s police chief has proposed a law that would let the city hand out permits to a small group of homeless, giving them permission to sleep in public. The official believes that the initiative will give the peaceful homeless a place to stay, while weeding out troublemakers.
“The goal is to start managing the homeless population within our city,” Chief James Wickham told CBS Sacramento.
The police chief will give out about six to 10 permits at first, according to reports. After six months, he’ll check back to see if the program is working. If it is, he says he will hand out more permits to be homeless.
Currently, the police chief believes there are about 60 homeless in his community, and 500 countywide.
The permits will only pertain to sleeping outdoors, as the town’s council has passed a no camping ordinance to go along with the permits.
“It just basically means you can’t set up a tent. You can’t live in your vehicle. You can’t live in the woods in Nevada City,” Wickham said.