On Monday, District Court Judge Lynn Winmill handed down a preliminary injunction prohibiting Boise Rescue Mission Services, new operators of the former city-owned homeless shelter Community House, from linking religious ideology to any of its social services.
When the City of Boise leased the shelter to Boise Rescue Misson, the injunction says, the city understood the mission's policy of religion, which "Brings the [city] perilously close to advocating attendance [of religious services] rather than allowing an unhindered free choice," which "raises serious questions whether the purpose of this lease is secular ... Simply put, attendance must be truly optional." The order also prohibits the city from moving former Community House residents near the home of a registered sex offender.
Winmill denied other requests for injunctions asking for the return of former Community House residents to the facility and alleging of discrimination against former Community House residents.