Supreme Court to weigh whether cities can criminalize homelessness

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear several new cases this term, including the question of whether homeless people have a right to camp on public property as Democratic-controlled cities have struggled to mitigate surging encampments in public.

Several Democrats on the West Coast, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, have asked the high court to review a lower court decision that blocked an anti-camping ordinance in the town of Grant Pass, Oregon. These Democratic-state leaders are taking an unorthodox stance on the issue of homelessness, hoping the Supreme Court will overturn the more liberal-leaning U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and allow them to more effectively prevent people from living on city streets.

“California has invested billions to address homelessness, but rulings from the bench have tied the hands of state and local governments to address this issue,” Newsom said in a
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