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April 18, 2024

Can homeless people be fined for sleeping outside? A rural Oregon city asks the US Supreme Court

  • The case, set to be heard on Monday, has broad implications for how communities nationwide address homelessness.
    Associated Press

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    Grants Pass is a town of 40,000 that includes hundreds of homeless people.

    GRANTS PASS, Oregon — A pickleball game in this leafy Oregon community was suddenly interrupted one rainy weekend morning by the arrival of an ambulance. Paramedics rushed through the park toward a tent, one of dozens illegally erected by the town's hundreds of homeless people, then play resumed as though nothing had happened.

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