Mayor Robert Doyle announces city homeless plan will become permanent

Mayor Robert Doyle announces city homeless plan will become permanent

Cr Doyle announced the city’s homeless plan, which had been trialled for five months, would now become permanent.

The mayor announced the new homeless protocols with Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton and Acting Housing Minister Jill Hennessy at Melbourne Town Hall today.

It comes in response to a homeless camp that ran for weeks outside Flinders St station in January as well as continued problems with aggressive behaviour and begging.

The council proposed in February tougher anti-camping laws that would effectively ban rough sleeping in the city. Those laws have been put on hold, with Cr Doyle saying he preferred to work with police and homeless agencies to reduce the number of people on the street.

Ms Hennessy said that since January 160 people had found permanent accommodation.

Mr Ashton said target operations in the CBD has addressed criminal and anti-social behaviour.