Avivo Statement on the recent Supreme Court decision in City of Grants Pass, Oregon vs. Johnson

July 8, 2024 – Avivo expresses deep concern and disappointment over the recent Supreme Court decision in City of Grants Pass, Oregon vs. Johnson. This ruling stands in stark contrast to Avivo’s core values: the absolute dignity of all people, a radical welcome for everyone, and a commitment to leaning into curiosity. 

The decision undermines human dignity by disregarding the inherent worth of individuals experiencing homelessness. It provides the opposite of a welcoming environment, reinforcing exclusion and marginalization. Furthermore, it fails to explore innovative solutions to the complex issue of homelessness, relying instead on punitive measures that do not address the root causes of the crisis. 

At Avivo, we believe in the dignity of every person, regardless of their housing status. We are committed to creating a community where everyone feels welcomed and valued. We also believe that addressing homelessness requires creativity, compassion, and a willingness to explore new ideas and solutions. Our work in the Twin Cities has demonstrated the power of such an approach. 

Avivo Village in Minneapolis’ North Loop provides a safe and low barrier, supportive environment with tiny homes that offer privacy and stability for individuals transitioning out of homelessness. Through a partnership with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and Red Lake Nation, Bimosedaa offers culturally tailored support services for Native American individuals. Also with Beacon, Lydia Apartments, American House, and Kimball Court provide permanent supportive housing, embracing the Housing First philosophy to ensure individuals have a stable place to live as they receive necessary support services. These initiatives are grounded in Harm Reduction principles, meeting people where they are and helping them achieve their goals at their own pace. 

These examples highlight Avivo’s commitment to innovative, compassionate solutions that work while respecting human dignity and fostering a true sense of welcome. We stand with those impacted by this decision and reaffirm our commitment to advocating for the rights and dignity of all individuals. We will continue to provide vital social services and innovative solutions to support those living unhoused, demonstrating our resolve through a radical welcome and unwavering dedication to human dignity.