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Cities can’t criminalize homelessness, federal court affirms

Curbed: Martin v. City of Boise says cities can’t punish the homeless for sleeping outdoors or on public property.

According to the court, “the government cannot criminalize indigent, homeless people for sleeping outdoors, on public property, on the false premise they had a choice in the matter.”

Steve Berg, vice president of programs and policy for the National Alliance to End Homelessness, says the decision has gotten a lot of attention, and will hopefully accelerate the movement towards more supportive housing and services.

Read more: https://www.curbed.com/2019/4/5/18296772/homeless-lawsuit-boise-appeals-court

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