Many cities that cracked down on homelessness have been hit with legal challenges over their new restrictions.
New York City, Dallas, and other cities that tried to aggressively address their homeless problem — and the drug, crime, and public nuisance issues that accompany it — are now defending their policies in court.
In New York City, civil rights groups are attempting to block Mayor Eric Adams’ initiative to hospitalize homeless people who are severely mentally ill and appear to be a danger to themselves.
“If severe mental illness is causing someone to be unsheltered and a danger to themselves, we have a moral obligation to help them get the treatment and care they need,” Adams said when he announced the plan.
In December, several civil rights groups asked a federal judge to block