Justice Department asks judge to block enforcement of homeless camping ban

Thee U.S. Justice Department on Thursday urged a judge to block enforcement of an anti-camping ordinance in Boise, Idaho.

News Story (California, Idaho)

Gale Holland
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
August 6, 2015

Tags: Housing: Homelessness

Organizations mentioned/involved: Department of Justice (DOJ)


The outcome in Boise could reverberate in Los Angeles — where officials are considering resuming enforcement of the city’s own anti-camping ordinance, considered among the strictest in the country.

It bans sleeping, sitting or lying on sidewalks and other public property.


“Needlessly pushing homeless individuals into the criminal justice system does nothing to break the cycle of poverty or prevent homelessness in the future,” principal Deputy Assistant Atty. Gen. Vanita Gupta said in a statement.

“Instead, it imposes further burdens on scarce judicial and correctional resources, and it can have long-lasting and devastating effects on individuals’ lives.”