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Sacramento's Anti Camping Ordinance Challenged

  

Homeless advocates say the law is cruel because it forbids people from providing a place for the homeless to sleep overnight. Sister Libby Fernandez is with Loaves and Fishes.

"If you can't sleep on private or public land where are you supposed to sleep?" asks Fernandez. "Because there is no other place for you to sleep when all the shelters are full and there's not enough housing for over 1,500 homeless people in the city of Sacramento."

The city did not return our request for comment in time for this story's air date. But in the past, city officials have said the ordinance is not intended to penalize the homeless. The purpose, they say, is to protect neighborhoods from security threats and litter being strewn on people's properties.

Today at 12:30 pm, Sister Libby and other opponents of the law will march from Loaves and Fishes to the Court of Appeal on Capital Mall. The hearing is set for 2 pm.

 

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