Judge Blocks St. Paul Visitor Limit at Homeless Center

July 03, 2018 08:14 PM

The video above is from an April 25 report.

A federal judge in Minnesota has temporarily blocked a St. Paul rule that limits the number of people a church can serve at its daytime center for the homeless.


The decision says city policy violates the Listening House's First Amendment rights and a federal religious freedom law. The Listening House links homeless people with resources at First Lutheran Church on St. Paul's east side.

RELATED: St. Paul City Council Discusses Lawsuit Involving Church Behind Closed Doors

U.S. Chief District Judge John Tunheim said Monday the church will likely win its lawsuit against the city, which required the church to cap visitors at 20 and display a no-trespassing sign, among other conditions.

City officials set those rules after neighbors complained about people littering and urinating near the church.

RELATED: St. Paul Church Sues City in Dispute Over Shelter

The city attorney's office says it's working to resolve the church's and the community's concerns.


Associated Press

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