Do we have a sitting/lying ordinance?

Yes, there is such an ordinance for the Downtown and parts of Avenue area, specific zones within the Harbor, tourist areas, and commercial zones. It is unlawful for a person to sit or lie down on a public sidewalk in those areas where they block access to paths or entrances to buildings. Please call the VPD 24/7 non-emergency number at (805) 650-8010 if an individual blocks access in the above designated areas.

If you own property and you have concerns with individuals blocking access, please make sure to file an Authority Letter (602 form) with the Police Department, so they have the authority to remove individuals from your property.

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1. How many homeless live in Ventura?
2. What services do we offer homeless individuals?
3. How often do service providers talk to unhoused individuals?
4. Why is Martin v. City of Boise important?
5. Why are people allowed to camp in the park?
6. Why are people living in the river bottom?
7. What is happening with fires in the river bottom?
8. Why does the City allow panhandling?
9. Do we have a sitting/lying ordinance?
10. I hear there are shelter beds available and no one wants to use them, is that true?
11. Are homeless getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
12. How can I help?