Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to ruling allowing homeless to sleep on sidewalks

by Daniel Payne · Dec 16th, 2019 3:07 pm

Last Updated Dec 16th, 2019 at 9:49 pm

The Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a case involving homeless people‘s right to sleep on the sidewalk, letting stand an earlier ruling affirming that right.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had previously ruled that municipal governments were constitutionally forbidden from clearing out homeless encampments if the city was not providing adequate shelter to its most destitute residents.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs had argued that creating a constitutional right to sleeping on the sidewalk would greatly hamper the ability of cities to "maintain the health and safety of their communities."

The Supreme Court did not explain its decision to turn down the case, which had its origins in a lawsuit brought by several homeless plaintiffs more than a decade ago.