Santa Rosa brings homelessness laws in line with federal rules

10 August 2023

One Santa Rosa city council member called the move a “moral injury.”

Another said they hope to see the city tell people where they can exist not just where they can’t.

But ultimately all seven members of the Santa Rosa city council voted to repeal and replace city laws regarding camping on public property – ushering in a new set of rules for the city’s homeless population.

Santa Rosa’s previous laws around homeless camping conflicted with the important Martin v Boise ruling. Santa Rosa’s homeless services manager Kelli Kuykendall said that 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling set consequential precedence.

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