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Court in Fresno Ca. Announced Anti-Camping Ordinances are Unconstitutional

An appeals court in Fresno Ca. announced this week it would not rehear a case about a law banning people from sleeping outside. The judges ruled last September that anti-camping ordinances are unconstitutional if the people it affects have no other options. Matthew Dildine argues there are enough beds locally. The judges just aren’t counting ones that have a religious affiliation or impose time limitations.

For the last 70 years, the Fresno Rescue Mission has tried to change that reality and leaders say the courts are interfering with that work. “With this ruling what we are saying is that hey, in California it’s going to be easier to have drugs on the street,” said CEO Matthew Dildine. “It’s going to be easier to use drugs on the street. And it’s easier to be homeless.”

The Fresno Rescue Mission says they are working to introduce 100 more beds by this July. Meanwhile, the City of Fresno has already amended its anti-camping ordinance to comply with the court’s ruling. Officers will only approach camps if there are beds available. On a rare occasion, if a homeless person refuses help or to move on, they can go to jail.

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