Protect homeless people from being criminalized for sleeping

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SB 1610/HB 978 would expand Tennessee’s current ban on “camping” from state-owned property to all public property, including that owned by local governments. This bill would make it a felony for a homeless person to simply sleep on public property.

Already, unhoused people cannot sleep on private property or state property without violating existing law. If this proposed legislation passes and homeless people are barred from sleeping on locally owned property as well, then people who cannot find shelter cannot sleep without breaking the law.

TAKE ACTION: Tell legislators they should not be in the business of criminalizing poverty.

2021-04-08T17:38:43-05:00 April 8th, 2021|Categories: Take Action|