Tennessee will be the first state in the nation to make camping on public land a felony—punishable with up to six years in prison—when a controversial new law comes into force on July 1.
This creates complications for the unsheltered homeless population amidst the backdrop of an affordable housing crisis.
The fallout from the new legislation will also put added pressure on the state’s rescue missions, especially in cities with a high volume of destitute people such as Nashville.
Shelters statewide work to provide assistance and housing to a community of 7,256 people who lack permanent lodgings.
Nearly 35 percent of that number are living unsheltered and are the group that stands to be most affected by the new law….https://www.theepochtimes.com/c-us-politics

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