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Housing Not Handcuffs: Johnson v. Grants Pass Supreme Court Rally
4/22/2024 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT


On April 22nd 2024, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear the case of Johnson v. Grants Pass. This sets the stage for the most significant Supreme Court case about homelessness in decades. At its core, this case will decide whether cities can arrest and fine people for things like sleeping outside with a pillow or blanket, even when there are no safe shelter options.

The National Homelessness Law Center, the National Coalition for the Homeless and a growing list of partners from around the country will rally at the courthouse on the day of the oral arguments. We need your help to show SCOTUS, Congress, and the media that homelessness is not a crime and that criminalization makes homelessness worse. The only solution to homelessness is ensuring that everyone has a safe and dignified home to sleep in.

The rally will feature homeless activists, organizers, and advocates speaking on the impact of this case and what will happen if SCOTUS rules in favor of either Johnson of Grants Pass.


8:30 - 9 AM: Lie-in at the Supreme Court 

9 - 10 AM: Breakfast with advocates from all across the country

10 AM - 12 PM: Main rally with speakers


Johnson v. Grants Pass is a class-action court case originally filed in 2018, when Grants Pass, Oregon began issuing tickets to people for sleeping on public property, even when there was no shelter available. A group of homeless individuals sued the city for criminalizing their state of homelessness, and the courts decided that it is cruel and unusual punishment to fine or arrest people for sleeping outside when they have nowhere else to go. 

Now, Grants Pass is trying to have that ruling overturned, giving them power to punish people for simply trying to survive. Grants Pass, like many cities in America, is thousands of housing units short of what is needed. That shortfall will not be solved by putting more people in jail or issuing more tickets. The solution to homelessness is safe, decent, and affordable housing for everybody. 

Learn more about this historic case at johnsonvgrantspass.com. 

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A wheelchair accessible ramp is located along Maryland Avenue on the left side of the building.

All visitors must pass through security screening before entering the building.  During the months of March – June, visitors should anticipate longer wait times to enter the building due to larger crowds visiting the Supreme Court.

Travel Details

Location and Directions
The Supreme Court of the United States is located on First Street NE between East Capitol Street and Maryland Avenue, adjacent to the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress.
The exact meeting location will be here: [screenshot on map]

By Metro Subway:
The closest Metro stops are:

  • Capitol South (Orange, Blue and Silver Lines, 0.3 miles)
  • Union Station (Red Line, 0.5 miles). 

By Metro Bus:
The Circulator (Navy Yard Line), 96, 97, and A11 buses all stop in front of the Supreme Court Building.
The 32, 34, 36, and 39 buses stop at First Street and Independence Avenue, a two block walk from the Building.

Additional information on riding the Metro is available at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

By Train:
Amtrak, VRE, and MARC trains service Union Station, which is located approximately 0.5 miles from the Court. 

By Car:
Street parking is extremely limited near the Supreme Court.  The closest public parking garage is located at Union Station. 

Please note that the Supreme Court is not accessible by private bus or passenger van. 


A program of events for the rally will be coming soon. Please register to continue receiving updates as they become available.


To learn more about Johnson v. Grants Pass, the most significant case about homelessness in decades,
please click the links below to see additional resources:


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