Supreme Court Backs Oregon City’s Ban on Public Camping, Intensifying Debates Over Homelessness Policy

Grants Pass, Ore. — In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Authority affirmed the legality of anti-camping laws in Grants Pass, Oregon, giving cities across the nation clearer latitude to regulate homeless encampments on public land. The ruling, delivered with a 6-3 majority, overturned a previous judgment that deemed these laws unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment when no alternative shelter is provided. At the heart of the controversy are three ordinances in Grants Pass that disallow sleeping in public spaces with bedding or blankets, enforceable by fines and potential jail time for repeat offenders. This … Read more

Supreme Court to Review Laws Regarding Homeless Camping Rights in Western Cities

Grants Pass, a city in southwest Oregon, has gained the attention of the Supreme Court as it seeks to challenge lower-court rulings that have complicated efforts to address homelessness in western U.S. cities. The court has agreed to review these rulings, which have made it more difficult for municipalities to prevent individuals from sleeping on the streets when there is a lack of available space in homeless shelters. This issue has been exacerbated by rising housing costs and income inequality, leading to a surge in homelessness across the region. The case is further supported by … Read more

Burien Faces Lawsuit Over Controversial Public Camping Ban: Residents Fight for Their Rights

BURIN, Wash. – A lawsuit has been filed against the city of Burien in King County Superior Court over its public camping ban. The lawsuit was brought by the Northwest Justice Project on behalf of three unhoused Burien residents and the Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness. The complaint argues that Ordinance 818, which prohibits camping on public property between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., unfairly targets and displaces unhoused individuals. According to the lawsuit, Elizabeth and Alex Hale, who are plaintiffs in the case, were among the many people who found refuge in a … Read more

Lawsuit Challenges Burien’s Homeless Camping Ban, Claiming Unconstitutional Treatment of Residents

BURIEN, Wash. – The City of Burien in Washington is facing a lawsuit over its public camping ordinance, which has been challenged by The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness and three unhoused individuals. The lawsuit seeks to have the ordinance declared unconstitutional and is being represented by the Northwest Justice Project. According to Scott Crane, a spokesperson for the organization, the ordinance effectively forces homeless people to leave the city as it restricts their ability to exist outdoors and meet their basic needs. The camping ban was passed in 2023 as a response to Burien’s … Read more