We are thrilled to announce our interview with Sunita Patel, Assistant Professor of Law and founding Faculty Director of the UCLA Veterans Law Clinic, where we delve into the profound implications of the upcoming Supreme Court case, Johnson v Grants Pass. This groundbreaking legal battle, scheduled for April 22, 2024, promises to redefine the discourse surrounding homelessness, criminalization, and the rights of unsheltered individuals.

Key Takeaways from the Interview:

  1. The Core Issues: Discover the fundamental questions at the heart of Johnson v Grants Pass, examining whether cities can legally penalize individuals, particularly veterans, for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities when safe shelter options are limited.
  2. Criminalization of Poverty: Uncover the potential consequences of the case on the broader issue of the criminalization of poverty, and how it may impact the access of homeless individuals, especially veterans, to housing and employment.
  3. Challenges Faced by Outreach Workers: Learn about the hurdles faced by outreach workers as they strive to build trust and engage with the unsheltered population amidst negative governmental interactions.
  4. Disproportionate Impact: Understand the significance of the case for people of color and those dealing with mental health challenges, where increased law enforcement engagement can lead to severe and sometimes deadly consequences.

Get Involved:

As the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) actively participates in the legal discourse, submitting an Amicus Brief and collaborating with the UCLA Veterans Law Clinic, we invite you to be part of this crucial conversation.

To learn more about Johnson v Grants Pass and NCHV’s involvement, visit our dedicated Grants Pass page here. Stay informed, engaged, and join us in raising awareness about the rights of homeless individuals, veterans, and the broader community.

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