Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in Johnson v Grants Pass, a case that centers around whether municipalities can ban people experiencing unsheltered homelessness on public land, even when there are no housing options or emergency shelter beds available.  The Supreme Court’s decision permits cities and towns to enact ordinances that impose fines and criminal charges on some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.  NHCEH joins organizations who advocate for people experiencing homelessness across the nation in overwhelming feelings of heartbreak.  The criminalization of homelessness is disheartening and counterproductive.  Evidence-based solutions and best practices exist; NHCEH hopes that this is where NH municipalities will focus their efforts in combating the housing and homelessness crisis NH is facing.

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