News Coverage

 
July 2014: 

07/21/2014 - Anti-Homeless Laws In U.S. Cities Are On The Rise, Basically Outlawing Homelessness
Bustle
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07/19/2014 - Homelessness Now a Crime in Cities Throughout the U.S.
PBS NewsHour
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07/18/2014 - Survey Concludes Miami-Dade's Treatment Of Homeless Is "Mixed Bag"
WLRN Miami South Florida
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07/17/2014 - American Cities Really Want to Arrest Homeless People for Sleeping in Cars
TakePart
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07/17/2014 - U.S. Libraries Become Front Line In Fight Against Homelessness
Chicago Tribune
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07/16/2014 - Shunting the Homeless From Sight
New York Times
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07/16/2014 - 'Illegal to be Homeless' in Growing Number of Cities
CNN Money
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07/16/2014 - With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime
NPR
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07/16/2014 - Report: More Cities Pass Laws That Hurt The Homeless
USA Today
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07/16/2014 - More Cities Are Basically Making It Illegal To Be Homeless 
Huffington Post
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07/16/2014 - It Is Illegal For Homeless People To Sit On The Sidewalk In More Than Half Of U.S. Cities
ThinkProgress
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07/16/2014 - Advocacy Group: Camping Bans Like Denver's "Criminalize Homelessness"
Denver Post
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June 2014: 
 
06/26/2014 - Librarians Are Becoming Affordable Housing Advocates
Washington Post
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06/19/2014 - Appeals Court Panel Ends L.A. Ban on Homeless Living in Vehicles 
The Los Angeles Times reports on how the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit struck down a Los Angeles law preventing people from sleeping in their cars as a form of basic emergency shelter, when the City offered no other housing option. The ruling sends a clear message - that cities around the country cannot end homelessness by simply making it illegal. 
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06/08/2014 - More US Cities Are Cracking Down on Feeding the Homeless 
The VICE article examines the increasing number of anti-food sharing laws across the country and how they're negatively impacting the estimated 3.5 million people likely to experience homelessness in a given year.
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06/08/2014 - Homeless College Students And The Fight To Escape Poverty Through Education
06/03/2014 - Mayor Proposes 'Compassionate Disruption' Law to Criminalize Homelessness
ThinkProgress shows readers how Honolulu's new declaration of war on homelessness is really a war on the homeless. One of the city's initiatives is a ban on sitting or lying down on sidewalks, while another proposal could prohibit public urination or defecation. The city is also increasing efforts to capture and seize homeless people's property, and arrest them on minor violations. The article quotes Maria Foscarinis, founder and executive director of the Law Center, as she describes how cruel these initiatives are.
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May 2014: 

05/16/2014 - America's Homeless: the Rise of Tent City, USA
The CNNMoney article reports on homeless encampments (tent cities) which are emerging all over America. The article also quotes a Law Center report which documented media accounts of tent cities between 2008 and 2013; over 100 tent communities in the United States were sighted.
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05/13/2014 - The Crime of Feeding the Homeless
The article reports on anti-food sharing laws across America, the same kind that prohibited Chico and Debbie Jimenez, a couple who had been feeding the hungry at a Daytona Beach park for over a year until they were stopped by police, who fined them for breaking an anti-food sharing city ordinance. 
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April 2014: 

04/29/2014 - Federal Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law
The article reports on our Wisconsin; a federal court struck down Wisconsin's strict voter ID law which disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of homeless, poor and at-risk individuals. 
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04/23/2014 - D.C. Served 4,279 Homeless People On One Night This Winter
On January 30th, 4,279 people were in the shelter system, the highest number all season. While the number of individual men and women shelter occupants increased tremendously, they did not do so in the amount that families did. 
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04/22/2014 - Cities, Homeless Advocates Wage Battle Over Laws Against Feeding the Hungry
The FoxNews article draws on the recent case of Alabama pastor Rick Wood -- who was ordered to stop feeding homeless people in his community -- and ties the case to the trend of criminalizing homelessness in America. Jeremy Rosen, Law Center Advocacy Director, comments on these criminalizing laws as being "part and parcel of general efforts to move [the homeless] out of cities."
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04/08/2014 - Homeless Lose a Longtime Last Resort: Living in a Car
The article describes how cities across the U.S., like Silicon Valley, are cracking down on vehicle dwellers who were driven out of their apartments. Maria Foscarinis, executive director at the Law Center, says there has been a boost in "laws that criminalize [homelessness]," such as bans on camping in public places and restrictions on sitting and lying on sidewalks. Advocates say cities should do more to aid homeless people, rather than prosecute them.    
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March 2014: 
 
03/17/2014 - SLC Mayor Addresses U.N. Human Rights Committee
Salt Lake City’s Mayor, Ralph Becker, joined the State Department delegation in Geneva to address the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) on human rights, marriage equality and homelessness. Among other things, the Committee is reviewing the practice of criminalizing homelessness in the United States. Jeremy Rosen, the Law Center's Policy Director, is quoted at length and refers to the Law Center’s report, "Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading: Homelessness in the United States Under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights" as it provides "ample reports" of such criminalization in the United States. 
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03/08/2014 - In Sonoma County, a Heartwarming Safe-Parking Program for the Homeless
In Sonoma County, a safe parking program was created in late January where homeless people could park and sleep in their cars without being disturbed by law enforcement. The Law Center's Policy Director, Jeremy Rosen, comments on this program in the LA Times article. The program is an emergency response to freezing weather, making it one of just a handful on the West Coast.


February 2014: 
 
02/07/2014 - Letter to the Editor; Washington Post
In reaction to the Post's Giving Shelter editorial which describes 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.



January 2014: 


01/31/2014 - Homeless Students' Federal Court Case Here Could Impact Children Nationwide
The Law Center served as amicus curiae in the Allen V. Hoover City Schools case in the Northern District of Alabama in which the education rights of two homeless students were threatened. Lawsuits involving the McKinney-Vento Act typically settle out of court, and so, the fact that this case has gone to trial will likely have far reaching implications on the education rights of homeless students across the country. 
01/23/2014 - Is Your State Winning The Fight Against Homelessness? 
The homeless count needs to be taken with a grain of salt because the data could be under-counting the homeless population. The ThinkProgress article goes on to quote Maria Foscarinis, Founder and Executive Director of the Law Center, "communities have a lot of discretion in how they carry out these counts...so that can account for a lot of difference." 
01/16/2014 - Homeless Problem Bigger Than Our Leaders Think: Column
"Homelessness can and must be ended. But it won't be if our leaders report that there is no crisis." In this USA Today column, the Law Center's Executive Director, Maria Foscarinis, addresses the problems with HUD's recent report, that "says homelessness decreased by nearly 4% over the past year. But it doesn't actually measure homelessness." 
01/16/2014 - I Believe in Human Rights: Homelessness - Torture on the Streets of America
Eric Tars, the Director of Human Rights and Children's Rights Programs at the Law Center, shares his vision for America in his blog post: "I want to apply the universal standards that say housing is a human right here at home, just as we promote them abroad." The blog post is part of USICH's Human Rights blog series.

01/15/2014 - I Believe in Human Rights: Homelessness is Criminal - People Experiencing Homelessness Are Not
Maria Foscarinis, Founder & Executive Director of the Law Center, shares her family's story of homelessness and how it has motivated her to turn to the Law to make some positive change. She also assesses criminalization in her blog post, a practice which she views as exacerbating the issue of homelessness. The blog post is part of USICH's Human Rights blog series.
01/11/2014 - Tent Cities are Coming Down in New Jersey
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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December 2013: 
 

12/31/2013 - Help For Homeless College Students
The Law Center's work with youth homelessness is mentioned in the CNNMoney article, which highlights efforts being made to help homeless college students in America. The article also proposes ways readers can get involved to alleviate the problems homeless students face.  
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12/30/2013 - I Believe in Human Rights: A Pressing Problem 
G.W. Rolle, a Board member at the Law Center, candidly shares pieces of his past as a homeless man and how these experiences have shaped his view of the ciminalization of homelessness in America. The blog post is part of USICH's Human Rights blog series.

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12/23/2013 - What Tent Cities Say About America
Many homeless Americans are congregating in tent cities, temporary housing tents which the CNNMoney article describes as "an ugly reminder of America's growing income inequalities." The Law Center lends its voice to the article to report on the proliferation of tent cities across America, and the scary fact that their numbers keep growing.  Many homeless Americans are congregating in tent cities, temporary housing tents which the CNNMoney article describes as "an ugly reminder of America's growing income inequalities." The Law Center lends its voice to the article to report on the proliferation of tent cities across America, and the scary fact that their numbers keep growing.  
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12/20/2013 - Here's Why Homelessness is Going to Get Worse in 2014
Eric Tars, the Law Center's Director of Human Rights and Children's Rights Programs, explains to takepart that the number of homeless children in America is increasing. The Law Center's solution: repurpose foreclosed, vacant homes to house homeless people.
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12/11/2013 - 5th Biannual US Human Rights Network National Conference
Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights and Children's Rights Programs at the Law Center, spoke at the 5th Biannual US Human Rights Network National Conference, in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference, Humanizing Homelessness: A Human Rights Approach to Homelessness, integrates human rights standards to the discussion of homelessness. 
12/05/2013 - A False Portrait of the Homeless in Boise
Reporters from KTVB.com in Idaho go undercover to investigate why panhandlers "choose to make a living off the generosity of others." Their report falsely portrays homeless people in Boise, Idaho, and fails to show a true representation of the actualities of those experiencing poverty and homelessness in Boise.
11/24/2013 - Relocating the Homeless
Maria Foscarinis is interviewed on PBS' Religion & Ethics Newsweekly in a segment discussing the criminalization of homelessness in America and recent cases in Columbia, South Carolina. Some believe the solution to grappling with the homeless population is to move them to "retreats" outside the city, while others feel such proposals will only make matters worse and increase the number of homeless people in America.
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11/22/2013 - U.S. Homelessness is On the Decline...Maybe
The U.S. News & World Report article reports on HUD's new homelessness data, which shows a decline in the number of homeless Americans. However, Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director at the Law Center, isn't convinced by the data and is quoted at length for explaining why the numbers are misleading and incorrect. 
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11/21/2013 - Government Reports Drop in the Number of Homeless
The CNNMoney article reports on the Law Center's skepticism about the recent HUD homelessness data. The Law center is quoted for describing the data as an "incomplete picture." 
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11/21/2013 - New Report: Big Drops in Veteran, Chronic Homelessness 
The USA TODAY article reports on the new homelessness data presented in the latest survey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The data shows a significant decline in the number of homeless veterans and people who have been homeless for at least a year. Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the Law Center, questions the data and explains why the numbers exclude millions of Americans who are without housing.
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11/07/2013 - Al Franken's Early Thanksgiving
In an early thanksgiving edition, LegalBisNow features the Law Center's 15th annual McKinney-Vento Awards! The newsletter highlights our honorees and guests, describing how thankful we are for the legal work they have done in the fight to end and prevent homelessness. 
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11/05/2013 - ACLU Sues Boise Over Panhandling Law (Latest Article)
"Asking a friend for money to feed a parking meter could be a violation of Boise's new panhandling law," said Richard Eppink, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho. The Idaho Statesman article presents recent updates in this heated case.
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11/04/2013 - ACLU Sues Boise Over Panhandling Law
The Idaho chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty filed a federal lawsuit Monday morning, claiming the city of Boise's new panhandling ordinance violates the U.S. Constitution.
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October 2013: 
 
10/31/2013 - Sen. Franken Received Award for Work to Help Victims of Domestic Violence who Face Homelessness
Senator Franken's staff released a press release highlighting the Law Center's McKinney Vento Awards event and the Stewart B. McKinney Award that Senator Franken received for his work to include housing provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
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10/25/2013 - Number of Homeless Students Has Soared Since the Recession Began
The majority of states report a year-to-year increase in the number of homeless students. The Law Center's Policy Director, Jeremy Rosen, in a statement to U.S. News, says HUD needs to "re-prioritize" the issue of homelessness among students and "break down the definitional barriers that...prevent homeless children, youth, and families from receiving housing assistance."
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10/16/2013 - Mean Streets; A Report on the Criminalization of Homelessness in Europe
The first European report examining the criminalization of homelessness in Europe, is inspired by the Law Center's monitoring strategies and reports on the criminalization of homelessness in the United States.
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10/16/2013 - October 2013; Housing Rights Watch Newsletter 
The Law Center's Human Rights Program Director, Eric Tars, and fellow Kirsten Blume report on the criminalization of homelessness as a violation of human rights under the UN Convention on International Civil and Political Rights. The report showcases the Law Center's latest step in its long-term campaign to integrate international human rights standards into the domestic policy discourse on issues of homelessness.
Click here to read the full report in the October 2013 Housing Rights Watch Newsletter

10/10/2013 - Begging Bans Around U.S. Face Challenges in Court
The U.S. Time's article reports on nation-wide anti-panhandling ordinances, while focusing on Worcester, Mass., where violators can be arrested and fined up to $50. Using some of the Law Center's statistics, the article showcases increases in prohibitions on begging and loitering.
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10/09/2013 - Can Begging Be Banned?
The Los Angeles Times article compares the national trend of anti-panhandling laws to a war being waged over panhandling. The article uses the Law Center's statistics to showcase the alarming number of cities with restrictions on panhandling.
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10/07/2013 - Arizona Ban on Panhandling Found Unconstitutional in Flagstaff Case
The Arizona law which makes it a crime to beg for money or food in public places is now found unconstitutional by a federal judge. The Law Center's former Civil Rights Director, Heather Johnson, is quoted in the Los Angeles Times article for examining the nation-wide trend of using anti-panhandling laws to criminalize homelessness and control the movements of homeless people.
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September 2013: 

09/26/2013 - Portland Participates in National Panhandling Debate
Portland's new ban on panhandling has placed the city on the front line of a national debate about constitutional rights, and whether a ban on panhandling restricts a person's right to freedom of speech. Jeremy Rosen, the Law Center's Policy Director, assesses the new ban as part of a national trend to criminalize homelessness. 
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09/24/2013 - Flagstaff, Arizona, to Halt its Crackdown on Panhandling
Flagstaff is beginning to reconsider its longstanding anti-panhandling law, criminalizing begging. The Los Angeles Times article quotes the Law Center's former Civil Rights Director on her analysis of Flagstaff and several other states that have passed anti-panhandling statutes. 
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09/17/2013 - Help Fight Homelessness: Get Streetwise
The Chicago Now blog post examines chronic homelessness and presents some of the Law Center's startling statistics. The blogger also highlights one organization's efforts to help homeless people in Chicago.   
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09/17/2013 - Military Reserve Center at Greenfield Lake Would Become Transitional Housing for Homeless
Wilmington City is required to demolish the vacated Rhodes Center, an old surplus military facility, to make room for future developments of transitional housing units. The Port City Daily article quotes the Law Center for having described the importance of large vacated sites, such as spaces once used for military purposes, in housing provisions for homeless people.
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09/05/2013 - More Cities Sweeping Homeless Into Less Prominent Areas
The NPR article reports on other cities, like Raleigh, which are seeking to move homeless people into less prominent locations. Nationally, cities have begun to criminalize homelessness to reduce visible poverty. NPR quotes the Law Center's Executive Director, Maria Foscarinis, in an effort to shed light on this inhumane trend.  
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August 2013: 

08/26/2013 - S.C. Capital's Plan for the Homeless? Ban Them
The USA Today article reports on a plan, approved by South Carolina's capital city, Raleigh, which aims to rid its downtown area of homeless people. The article quotes the Law Center on its description of the policy as an “extreme, highly disturbing example” of criminalizing homeless people.  
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08/25/2013 - South Carolina City Takes Steps to Evict Homeless From Downtown
This summer, several cities across the country have pursued aggressive policies against the homeless. But Maria Foscarinis, the Law Center's executive director, characterized Columbia's plan in an e-mail as an "extreme, highly disturbing example." 
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July 2013: 

07/29/2013 - A Bill of Rights for the Homeless
The In These Times article references the Law Center's Homes Not Handcuffs report while discussing the Homeless Bills of Rights in several states across the country. These bills are particularly important at a time when a growing number of cities across the country are enacting policies that criminalize homelessness.
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07/27/2013 - In Arizona, Crackdowns on Homeless Prompt Criticism
The Los Angeles Times article quotes Heather Maria Johnson, the Law Center's former Civil Rights Director, during its account of the harsh ban on panhandling in public spaces in Flagstaff, Arizona. Over the past year in Flagstaff, officers have arrested an estimated 135 people on suspicion of loitering to beg. The aggressive enforcement of the ban has prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to file a lawsuit against the city.
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07/16/2013 - Miami Considers Jailing Homeless People for Eating, Sleeping in Public
The Think Progress article cites the Law Center's Homes Not Handcuffs report, while discussing the criminalization of homelessness in Miami. The city's commissioner, Marc Sarnoff, is seeking to renege on the citys 1998 landmark agreement, Pottinger vs. City of Miami, which prevents the arrest of homeless persons committing minor quality of life offenses and instructs the police to offer homeless persons beds in shelters.
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07/15/2013 - Portland City Council to Vote on Legality of Panhandling in the Median
The Maine Public Broadcasting Networks' article quotes Jeremy Rosen, the Law Center's Policy Director, on a panhandling ban being considered in Portland City Council. The proposed ban would prohibit panhandling on medians, labeling the activity a hazard to public safety. The ban echoes similar ordinances that criminalize homelessness that have been enacted in cities across the country.
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07/04/2013 - Homeless Vet Receives Citation for Standing Near I-95 Ramp (Video)
The Broward/Palm Beach New Times article cites the Law Center as it discusses the common trend of homeless persons receiving police citations for panhandling. The article recounts a recent YouTube video, in which the Law Center was mentioned, that featured the testimony of a homeless veteran in Florida who received such a citation.
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June 2013: 

06/24/2013 - The Criminalization of Homelessness: A Veteran Receives a Citation for Standing Near a I-95 Ramp
A YouTube Video cites the Law Center's 2011 Criminalizing Crisis report, which documents the rising trend of laws that aim to criminalize homelessness in cities across the country. The video features the testimony of a homeless veteran in Florida who received a police citation for panhandling and has been the victim of local laws that criminalize homelessness.
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06/18/2013 - Reader's View, Homelessness: City Must Focus on Housing, Not More Laws
The Law Center's Civil Rights Director, Heather Maria Johnson, contributed to an editorial for the Idaho Statesman. The editorial addresses three harsh criminalization measures currently under consideration by the City Council of Boise, which the Law Center and a coalition of advocates and attorneys are fighting. The measures would "unnecessarily expand the reach of government, criminalize homeless residents, and waste taxpayer dollars- without providing any real solutions to address homelessness."
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May 2013: 

05/30/2013 - Op-Ed: Berkeley Needs a Year-Round Youth Shelter
The Law Center's report, Alone Without a Home: A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth, was cited  in a discussion on the closing of Berkeleys only youth shelter, Youth Engagement, Advocacy, and Housing (YEAH!). The shelter closed in May, and will not open again until November. The lack of shelters for homeless youth during the summer months is a heated issue in Berkeley.
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05/30/2013 - This Hurricane Season Learn How to Keep Displaced Young People in School
The National Clearinghouse on Family & Youth featured the Law Center's Homeless Education Advocacy Manual: Disaster Edition for explaining how the same federal law that keeps homeless young people in school extends to families who find themselves without a stable home following an event like a hurricane or tornado.
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April 2013: 

04/25/2013 - Resources Published for Providing Transportation to Homeless Students After a Disaster
The article referenced the Law Center's Homeless Education Advocacy Manual: Disaster Edition in its discussion on providing transportation services to schools for students who have been displaced temporarily by natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy. 
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04/10/2013 - A 25-Year-Old Lawsuit and the Persistence of Homelessness Advocates
The Non-Profit Quarterly noted the Law Center's persistence and remarked that without the Law Center's "constant monitoring and pressure," Title V would fade into disuse.
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04/07/2013 - Judge: Agencies Have Been "Hiding" Federal Properties that Could be Used to House Services for Homeless
Washington Post's article features the Law Center for its recent federal court victory. NLCHP filed lawsuits, beginning in 1989, indicating that agencies were "hiding" up to 14,000 properties that could be used to house individuals experiencing homelessness.
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04/05/2013 - Reflections from a Project LEARN Volunteer. 
Cara Vasquez, an associate with DLA Piper, wrote a blog post about her experience working with the Law Center and its Project LEARN. She noted that advocating for homeless children's right to a stable education "opened her eyes" to the variety of situations in which families can find themselves homeless, and she described the Law Center as a "tremendous resource."
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March 2013: 

03/28/2013 - Federal Judge Rules that Dallas' Homeless Feeding Ordinance Violates Ministries' Religious Freedoms
The Law Center, in partnership with LEAP firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, brought justice to two religious organizations in Dallas, TX who were sharing food with homeless people in public, outdoor spaces.
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03/20/2013 - NLCHP Reports Record Legal Cases in 2012 for Pro Bono Legal Advocacy Efforts for Homelessness
Loansafe reports on the Law Center's record-breaking statistics, including working with 21 legal firms on 52 legal matters, accumulating 13,081 hours of professional services valuing $6,131,318.
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03/08/2013 - Domestic Violence, Housing, and a Human Rights Win for U.S. Women
In her blog post, NLCHP's Executive Director, Maria Foscarinis, examines the 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization and how it reflects many of the Law Center's recommendations for housing protections for survivors.
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03/04/2013 - Activists Accuse Cities of Criminalizing the Homeless
The Columbia News Service, run by students at the Columbia University School of Journalism, cited the Law Center's 2011 report Criminalizing Crisis in an article discussing the increasing number of cities enacting laws that criminalize homelessness. Many city ordinances across the country, like anti-panhandling and anti-sitting laws, discriminate against homeless persons and criminalize life-sustaining activities.
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