IN THE NEWS
Tent cities are coming down in New Jersey! The Law Center contributed to a brief on behalf of the homeless residents in the Lakewood Tent City. All of the homeless residents who participated in the court-ordered census last April are now being moved from the cold woods and into warm apartments.
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In reaction to the Post's Giving Shelter editorial which described homelessness as a "complicated problem with no easy fix," advocates from various homeless organizations wrote a letter to the Editor offering up a simple solution to the homelessness problem: affordable housing.Click here to read the full letter
Homeless Problem Bigger Than Our Leaders Think: Column
Read the piece generating a lot of buzz! In this USA Today column, the Law Center's Executive Director, Maria Foscarinis, addresses the problems with HUD's recent homeless count.
The Law Center just released its long-awaited report, "Welcome Home: The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States," addressing the human and civil rights implications of the growth of homeless encampments across the country. The report comes as the U.S. prepares for four reviews by international human rights monitors this coming year, and follows new steps to address homelessness as a human rights issue. The report also comes on the heels of the Law Center's annual "Human Right to Housing Report Card."
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Boise Anti-Camping Case Proceeds
In January, a federal judge allowed the Law Center’s case against the City of Boise’s anti-camping ordinances to proceed. Ruling on the City’s motion for summary judgment, Judge Ronald E. Bush found that while plaintiffs in the case could not seek expungement of their past criminal convictions for violating the ordinances, their case that the ordinances are unconstitutional could go to trial. The homeless Boise plaintiffs want to see a court decision finding the City’s ordinances unconstitutional. Consequently, the Law Center is pleased that the judge allowed our case to move forward and we filed an amended complaint in February. We hope to see the case move forward quickly in 2014.
IN JUST TIMES
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WHAT WE DO
We use the power of the law to end homelessness by:
Leveraging millions of dollars in donated legal services, we advocate, educate, and litigate. Since 1989, we have been changing lives, strengthening communities, and advancing rights.
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We challenge laws that punish people for homelessness and poverty, and that make it even harder for them to find housing and jobs. And, we uphold the right of homeless people to vote—and to influence decisions that affect their lives.