IN THE NEWS
Criminalization of Homelessness in the U.S. Criticized by United Nations
States Classify Attacks Against Homeless As 'Hate Crimes' To Curb Rising Violence
U.S. Has "Much Left To Do" On Racism: Segregation Worse Now Than In 70s
Trying To Live, Trying To Learn
Crafting Innovative Anti-discrimination Policies Using Human Rights
No Safe Place: How Cities Are Making It Illegal To Be Homeless
Talk Poverty, August 11, 2014
Homelessness Now A Crime In Cities Throughout the U.S.
In June, 2013, Ms. Green called the Law Center for help. Green had been unemployed since 2010 and had since depleted her savings and 40lk, and was saddled with student loan debt. Subsequently, Green and her 5-year-old son had to move in with her mother. When she tried to enroll her son at a neighborhood school, which offered the speech therapy he needed, the school denied her request because she could not provide proof of residency. The Law Center intervened and advocated on behalf of her son under the McKinney-Vento Act. Within a week, we're happy to report that he was enrolled in kindergarten and his special education needs were met!
Great Win for Survivors of Domestic Violence
It is reported that domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness among women. One ordinance in Norristown, PA encouraged landlords to evict tenants if the tenant has called for police assistance three or more times in a four month period, forcing those experiencing domestic violence onto the street. As a result of one recent lawsuit, the city voted to repeal the ordinance.
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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To learn more about what we do, read our Funders Together to End Homelessness post and our 2013 accomplishments!
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.