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Advocates talk homelessness at South Bend Common Council meeting

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--  The ongoing homelessness issue and the city’s recent response caused dozens of people to show up at Monday’s council meeting to be heard.

Many of the people who spoke are fighting for the city to allow the homeless to sleep under the bridge.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg addressed the council and the public at the start of the meeting.

 “What we’re trying to do as an administration is find an approach that balances law, compassion and most importantly safety for all of those involved,” says Mayor Buttigieg.

Mayor Buttigieg says it isnt a matter of the city not caring about the homeless population, but, that they deserve more than living under a bridge.

However, advocates say there just isnt another option right now.

Several local organizations attended the meeting. John Shafer with Michiana Five says the problem is a lack of sufficient places for everyone.

Advocates presented a petition for a bill of rights for the homeless which has almost 500 signatures.

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