- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Fort Collins officials are considering pilot programs to reduce panhandling, public sleeping and other so-called disruptive behaviors that they say are not specifically tied to the homeless population.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports (https://noconow.co/1IQzcWN) a street outreach program would connect individuals with services, while other policies would limit how long people can sit or lie on public benches.

Deputy City Manager Jeff Mihelich says the policies are targeting everyone exhibiting aggressive behaviors, not just homeless individuals.

Mihelich presented the pilot programs, which would run for about a year, to more than 100 people who attended a public meeting Thursday night. About 65 percent said downtown Fort Collins is most disrupted by panhandlers, aggressive individuals and people sitting or lying on sidewalks.

An online survey is collecting public comment through Aug. 17, with a work session set for Aug. 25.

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Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, https://www.coloradoan.com

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