[Hpn] Homeless sue U.S. Postal Service

chance martin streetsheet@sf-homeless-coalition.org
Tue, 06 Feb 2001 12:05:51 -0700

Homeless sue U.S. Postal Service

Friday, February 2, 2001

SEATTLE -- Three homeless people sued the U.S. Postal Service Thursday,
saying the agency had refused to provide a way for them to receive mail.

The only post office in Seattle where homeless people can receive
general-delivery mail is at Third Avenue and Union Street, said their
lawyer, Casey Trupin, of Columbia Legal Services.

Getting to that location is difficult for many, especially those who are
disabled, Trupin said. And that branch sometimes limits its general-delivery
service to 30 days per person, he said.

"Mail, for homeless individuals, is unbelievably important," Trupin said.
"It's their bridge to stability, to housing, jobs and health."

A lawyer for the Postal Service did not immediately return a call seeking

The lawsuit asks the service to provide free post office boxes or general
delivery service at all branches. The three hope to have the case, filed in
U.S. District Court, certified as a class action.

Copyright 2001 Oregon Live.

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