unhoused community

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Asheville's 2022 Municipal Budget Proposal Includes More Than $1.6 Million Increase for APD.

The proposal includes an increase to the overall budget of approximately $16 million, a 7.5% increase from 2021-22.

The City of Asheville Denies All Park Ban Appeals for Aston Park Defendants

All appeals have been denied for the Aston Park Defendants banned from all Parks and Recreation Facilities after a protest which occurred in December 2021.

Aston Park Defendants: “We Will Not Be Silent in the Face of Repression.”

As of March 15, 2022, fifteen individuals have been charged with “felony littering over 500 lbs” in connection to a demonstration that occurred the week of Christmas, 2021. The goal of the protest was to criticize the City government’s policy of evicting homeless encampments in violation of CDC guidelines

Activists Disrupt City Council Retreat; Demand Sanctuary Camping and Climate Justice

On March 17th, 2022, a protest organized by the Sunrise Movement's Asheville Hub stopped Asheville City Council's annual "retreat" in its tracks moments after it began.

Analysis: APD Blames Nearly All Downtown Crime on Camps to Justify Sweeps

APD's data analysis reveals a lack of rigor befitting of a propaganda campaign, not serious data science.

Homelessness Consultants, “Part-Time” Public Records, & More This Week.

Welcome to “& More This Week,” The Asheville Free Press’ weekly(ish) newsletter, where I round up a few headlines that stood out to me over the week and share them with some opinion and context. If you’re not already, sign up to get these and all of our articles straight to your inbox.

Asheville Police Release New Policy on Encounters With Unhoused Residents

On February 15, 2022, Asheville Police Department (APD) finalized and released its new policy on encounters with the unhoused community. The document was released to us via email by APD spokesperson Samantha Booth.
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