Don’t let Ashland City Council Further Criminalize Homelessness

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Ashland deserves better than Ordinance 3176, a misguided law that would target the community's most vulnerable populations with counterproductive fines and penalties.

Time is running out for Ashland City Council to reject this ordinance on Tuesday, July 16, but you can take action now to quickly let your elected officials know their constituents value compassion and good policy before it's too late.

Under Ordinance 3176, explicitly introduced to target homeless people, people in Ashland would face 30 days in jail and a $1250 fine if they don't identify themselves to police officers, despite police already having the tools and laws at hand to identify people suspected of crimes. This is a needless law and harsh new law.

If enacted, those experiencing homelessness would face even more barriers to housing through unnecessary criminal convictions, lengthy incarceration periods, and fines equivalent to the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city.

Let city council know this doesn't sit right with you.

Message Recipients:
John Stromberg, Mayor
Stefani Seffinger, Councilor
Dennis Slattery, Councilor
Tonya Graham, Councilor
Julie Akins, Councilor
Rich Rosenthal, Councilor
Stephen Jensen, Councilor

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Your Message

As your constituent, I strongly urge you to reject Ordinance 3176.

We need compassionate and evidence-driven policy in Ashland, not punitive incarceration and large fines for our community’s most vulnerable members.

Homelessness is a systemic problem exacerbated by the housing crisis and excessive criminalization. This new ordinance does nothing to help.

Those experiencing homelessness would face even more barriers to housing through unnecessary criminal convictions, lengthy incarceration periods, and fines equivalent to the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Ashland.

Please do the right thing reject Ordinance 3176.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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