The police chief in my town said the same thing. We had a homeless camp that they were trying to get rid of. The police patrolled several times a day, treated them with respect and tried to find them shelter which they refused. He said that by wanting to take them food and supplies, people were just encouraging them to stay. The trash and poor hygiene was too much and they needed to be encouraged to leave.
I can’t say that I disagree with the council. There’s a fine line between helping the poor and enabling them