A Statement about City of Grants Pass v. Johnson

JULY 1, 2024

As advocates of a more just, racially equitable and restorative community, the Moran Center proudly signed the Juvenile Law Center’s Amicus Brief in City of Grants Pass v. Johnson, denouncing the criminalization of those experiencing homelessness, particularly vulnerable youth.

We now strongly denounce the recent holding by the Supreme Court in that case, decided on June 28, 2024. The ruling sets a dangerous precedent permitting the criminalization of those unable to access permanent shelter, needing to occupy public spaces. The decision puts members of our community directly at risk of entering the legal system because of their housing status.

The Moran Center’s School-Based Civil Legal Clinic (SBCLC) remains committed to representing the families of Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202 who are facing homelessness and housing insecurity. Learn more here about our free community-based, civil legal services.