Policy Summary

This law directs the Office of Public Health and Safety to designate charitable distribution sites in the Downtown Indianapolis. Sites are to be designed to help organizations and individuals who wish to make charitable donations of food or other items to individuals experiencing homelessness so that such donations can be made in a more safe and orderly fashion.

Background Information

State Indiana
Jurisdiction Name Indianapolis and Marion County
Jurisdiction Type City, County,
Population Size 800,000+
Food System Category Distribute; Get; Surplus;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

See language including "effects and conditions caused by the lack of a home or residence," and "individuals experiencing homelessness." §§ 231-501, -508.

Health-related goal?

Examples include: "public health," and "safe camping sites." § 231-508.

Environmental goal?

Relevant language includes "reuse, wherever possible, of excess donated items to avoid waste and duplication." § 231-508.

Economic goal?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

The "purpose and intent" section for the article (Article V. - Protections for the Homeless) where this provision is located provides: "no person should suffer unnecessarily or be subject to unfair discrimination or arbitrary treatment based on his or her homeless status. It is the intent of this article to lessen the adverse effects and conditions caused by the lack of a home or residence." § 231-501.

Includes definitions?

§ 231-502.


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