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Criminalization doesn’t solve homelessness — it only makes it harder to escape.

Despite the clear need for a safe place to sleep, the Supreme Court ruled that people experiencing homelessness are not protected against tickets, fines, or arrests for sleeping outside.

This decision is far from the final say on how we will respond, both as communities and as individuals.

It was true before the ruling and it's even more apparent now — homelessness will become rare and brief when those experiencing it are known by name and when leaders choose solutions over criminalization.

So what can we do now?

Photo courtesy of Community Solutions.

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