Soon, homeless people in Illinois could get some added protections while living on the streets.
Lawmakers are pushing a plan called the Homeless Bill of Rights. If passed, local police won’t be able to force someone off public property without helping them find shelter first.
Officers won’t be able to throw away a person’s belongings. If rights are violated, a homeless person can sue the city.
“I know that people are down on their luck a lot of times,” said Kathy Kolis, a resident of Illinois. “I’ve been there. Maybe not completely homeless, but I needed help as well, and I have empathy for those people.”
The bill would require local governments to help the homeless find jobs and access to public transportation.