“In a surge of legal briefs [in recent weeks], frustrated leaders from across the political spectrum, including the liberal governor of California and right-wing state legislators in Arizona, charged that homeless encampments were turning their public spaces into pits of squalor, and asked the Supreme Court to revisit lower court decisions that they say have hobbled their ability to bring these camps under control…
“Five years ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in [a] case from Boise, Idaho, that it was unconstitutional for cities to clear homeless camps and criminally charge campers unless they could offer adequate housing. In the nine Western states covered by the circuit, that ruling has since prompted billions of dollars of public spending on homelessness… More than 50 governments and organizations asked the high court [last] month to overturn the Ninth Circuit’s recent decisions.” New York Times
In addition, “Mayor Eric Adams is seeking to suspend New York City’s longstanding obligation to provide shelter to anyone who asks for it, as officials struggle to find housing for thousands of migrants arriving from the southern border… Mr. Adams asked a judge to allow the city to put aside its legal obligation to provide shelter to single adults, arguing in court that the city should be able to temporarily lift the mandate during an emergency.” New York Times
The left argues that policymakers should focus on providing housing, and generally opposes suspending New York City’s right to shelter.