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Bill Creates Bill of Rights for Homeless

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File photo of homeless people. (credit: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of homeless people. (credit: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A bill before the Connecticut General Assembly would establish a bill of rights for the state’s homeless population.

The legislation spells out how each homeless person has the right to move freely in public spaces, have equal employment opportunities, receive emergency medical care, and the ability to register to vote and vote. The bill also lists their right to a reasonable expectation of privacy regarding their private property, and to receive equal treatment by government agencies.

Each municipality would be required to post a public notice listing the bill of rights.

Advocates estimate there are close to 4,500 homeless individuals in Connecticut. They say there’s a need for this legislation because the homeless are often ostracized, alienated and ignored.

The Planning and Development Committee is voting Tuesday on the bill.

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