Addressing the Removal of "Tiny Houses" from Public Walkways
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM
In recent weeks, several small wooden structures affixed with wheels, approximately the size of a garden shed, have been placed on public streets in communities across the City, and are being used as temporary shelters for the homeless.
These structures are unpermitted, and have no running water, no sewer connection, and no reflective markings to make them visible to drivers, posing a great risk to public health and safety.
This week, the City Council unanimously voted to support the motion introduced by my colleague Councilmember Joe Buscaino and myself to direct the City Attorney to report on the legality of the placement of such structures in both the public right-of-way and on private property, and recommend removal protocol for City departments to follow. I want to thank my colleague Joe Buscaino for his leadership on this issue.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee
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