Commonwealth Policy Center

Earlier this year, the Kentucky General Assembly passed the Safer Kentucky Act. One of the law’s provisions is a ban of homeless encampments in public places. Last year, the city of Louisville spent $842,000 cleaning up encampments our of concerns to preserve health and safety. The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard a case that challenged a similar ban on public camping in an Oregon city. The conservative justices appeared to side with the city, noting the dramatic negative effects of camping on both public safety and the homeless themselves. Opponents claim that the law “criminalizes homelessness,” but the law intends to preserve the health, safety, and welfare of our public places. And it should apply to all of us.