Why are people allowed to camp in the park?

Parks are public places that can be used by individuals regardless of housing status all day long. However, the City has a park ordinance where all parks close at dusk. That means that no one is allowed in our parks overnight, to camp, to play, to hang out, which is enforceable for everyone. If you see someone in the park after dark, please call the non-emergency number at (805) 650-8010, and VPD can respond accordingly.

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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?