How the Grants Pass Decision Shapes Local Approaches to Homeless Encampments

Source: Independent Institute
by Christoper Calton

“The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in The City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson will allow cities to enforce ordinances against sleeping in public spaces. This decision is a welcome victory in favor of local autonomy against federal overreach. Homelessness is a local problem that requires local solutions, and this decision will allow officials to address homeless encampments according to their city’s unique needs. Homelessness is not a crime, but many people suffering from homelessness — particularly those suffering from mental illness or substance-abuse disorder — require intervention.” (06/28/24)