Courts ruling influencing cities' response to their homeless situations


January 19, 2022

Why are cities in Oregon scrambling to find solutions to house their local homeless populations?

A large part of the answer is two recent court rulings in the Northwest that have significantly influenced how cities, including Sweet Home, are dealing with homelessness, because they have set boundaries on what communities can and cannot do to address the issue.  

Martin v. Boise

This 2018 decision, by the Ninth Circuit Court – which has jurisdiction over nine western states, including Oregon, ruled that people experiencing homelessness cannot be criminally punished for sleeping outdoors o...

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