Wednesday, May 11, 2011

High court hears arguments
in Providence’s eviction of homeless

Tent cities that have sprung up around the country have become a symbol of the problem of homelessness. Sometimes, shelters become too crowded to accommodate everyone. Sometimes, the homeless decide that shelters are unsafe, that they’d do better to band together and find a place outdoors to reside.

Two volunteer lawyers representing homeless people who, for a time during 2009, lived in a city park in Providence, Rhode Island, urged the state Supreme Court to vacate a preliminary injunction issued by a lower court judge.

They argued that the city used the wrong legal vehicle to try to eject the homeless group.

Read the Providence Journal report here.


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