A federal judge struck down a lawsuit challenging a Boise ordinance that prohibited camping within city limits, according to a press release from the Mayor’s office.
The lawsuit was filed in 2009 by homeless plaintiffs were convicted under the ordinance. The Department of Justice weighed in on the lawsuit recently, criticizing the ordinance.
But, Judge Ronald E. Bush said that because the ordinance would not be enforced when shelters were filled, it could stand, according to the release.
“We agree with and are very pleased by the court’s decision to dismiss this lawsuit. Our efforts on behalf of those in our community who are experiencing homelessness are concrete,” said Mayor Dave Bieter in a statement. “Now, with this case behind us, we will be able to better focus on creating positive gains against this challenging societal problem.”
The Boise Rescue Mission responded to the outcome by saying they would continue to provide safe spaces for homeless people.
“The Mission has not and will not turn any person needing shelter away. If the beds are full accommodations are made for a comfortable sleeping arrangement on a floor,” said Bill Roscoe, president of the Mission in a statement.