PENDLETON — The city of Pendleton provides spaces to rest for people without homes, but those spaces and others also are the sites of more practical problems.
The 2019 federal court case Martin v. Boise held there is a right to be homeless and to be able to rest. The Pendleton City Council in 2020 passed a right to rest ordinance to comply with federal ruling. The text of the local law focused more on where people couldn’t sleep — streets, sidewalks, alleys and other public rights-of-way — than where they could. The city also produced a map of public properties where people can legally sleep for the night
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