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Boise Mayor meets with homeless advocates

Posted at 5:12 PM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 19:12:51-05

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is making good on his promise at last night's City Council meeting to talk with the City's homeless advocates. The meeting is underway at Boise City Hall. Meantime outside Boise Police confirm that as many as a dozen units are on scene to keep the peace.

Protestors last night interrupted a regularly schedule City Council meeting. The disruption caused Mayor Bieter to end the meeting abruptly without addressing issues scheduled on the agenda.

Speakers so far at the morning meeting have been residents of Cooper Court and members of local organizations trying to help the homeless. Criticism ranges from what will happen next, to the City's communication plan with those living in Cooper Court. 

"Everyone expects me to change, and when i do change no one will still rent to me," said a man named Jeff who admits to being a former addict, "I'm ashamed for the first time of this City."

At the end of the meeting Mayor Bieter faced angry citizens chanting "Do something now!"

The Mayor left the hearing room with citizens promising to "see him again" and "follow him wherever he goes."

Mayor Bieter was unable to make any remarks to the crowd at the end as he left for another appointment.