The Waterfront Project Responds to Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson

As a leading non-profit organization dedicated to preventing homelessness and promoting affordable housing, The Waterfront Project is responding to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case of the City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson. This case revisits critical legal precedents set by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Martin v. Boise, which held that cities cannot punish individuals experiencing homelessness for sleeping on public property when no shelter is available.

As a 501c3 nonprofit legal clinic and HUD-certified counseling agency, WFP is at the forefront of the fight against homelessness in Hudson, Bergen, and Union Counties. “Every day, we witness the struggles of low-income tenants and homeowners striving to secure and maintain stable housing,” said Carol Sainthilaire, Executive Director, at The Waterfront Project. “This Supreme Court case is not just a legal issue; it’s about affirming housing as a fundamental human right.”

WFP believes that the decision to hear this case underscores the urgent need for systemic solutions to the housing crisis in America. “Our work goes beyond providing legal and housing counseling services. We are committed to advocating for policies that recognize and protect the rights of the homeless,” added Sainthilaire.

The Waterfront Project’s mission is to prevent homelessness, preserve affordable housing, and promote neighborhood stability. In light of the Supreme Court’s decision, WFP reiterates its commitment to these goals and calls for a renewed focus on comprehensive and compassionate solutions to homelessness.

“We hope the Supreme Court will consider the broader implications of their decision on City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson. It’s a pivotal moment for the rights of those experiencing homelessness and for the principle that housing is a human right,” concluded Sainthilaire.

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About The Waterfront Project

Founded in 2013, The Waterfront Project, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Jersey City, NJ. As a nonprofit legal clinic and HUD-certified counseling agency, WFP provides free legal and housing counseling services to low-income tenants and homeowners, with the goal of preventing homelessness, preserving affordable housing, and promoting neighborhood stability.