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Controversial policy allows homeless to be arrested
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (NEWSCHANNEL 3) Advocates for the homeless are getting fired up over a new law in Columbia, South Carolina. The city council approved the "emergency homeless response" plan which aims to keep homeless people out of the city center.
Anyone who spots a homeless person downtown can call a hotline and police will come and ask them to leave.
If they don't leave voluntarily, officers can arrest them.
The city says it will partner with a shelter that's outside the city limits but critics say the shelters only large enough to house one-sixth of the city's homeless population.