How the Supreme Court could weigh in on California’s long-standing homeless encampments debate

California cities are responding to the Supreme Court taking on the legality of homeless encampment sweeps, poised to affect San Francisco, where officials are engaged in a yearslong legal battle over the matter. 

Last week, the Supreme Court decided to weigh in on whether homeless people can camp on public property if no shelter is provided — the case is expected to be heard by the highest court later this year. 

The case, originating from Grants Pass, Oregon, could have major implications on California — a state that has spent over $20 billion since 2019 to get people off the street, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office

“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
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