Press Releases
 

  U.N. Committee Condemns U.S. Criminalization of Homelessness 

Recently, the Law Center submitted a report to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It delineated the many ways that racial discrimination manifests in the social, political, and economic landscape of the United States, disproportionately affecting people of racial and ethnic minorities. After a thorough review, the Committee called on the U.S. to take the steps necessary to address homelessness. 

 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Read More...
 

  More U.S. Cities Making It "Illegal to Be Homeless."

A new report from the Law Center, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities, details a startling rise in laws criminalizing homelessness across America - more and more U.S. cities are criminally punishing homeless people for engaging in necessary, life-sustaining activity in public places, even when they have no other options. 

 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Read More...
 

  9th Circuit Strikes Down Los Angeles Law Prohibiting People From Living in Vehicles 

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down a Los Angeles law preventing people from sleeping in their cars as a form of basic emergency shelter, when the City has offered them no other housing option. The ruling sends a clear message - that cities around the country cannot end homelessness by simply making it illegal.

 

Friday, June 20, 2014 | Read More...
 

   NLCHP and Dechert, LLP Win Precedent-Setting Voter ID Case

The Law Center, along with the ACLU and pro bono counsel from Dechert LLP, won a landmark voter ID case in Wisconsin. U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman struck the law down, ruling that the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act do not permit the State to disenfranchise the more than 300,000 eligible voters, most low income and many homeless, who do not have the photo ID required under the law. 

 

Friday, May 2, 2014 | Read More...
 

   From Wrongs to Rights: The Case for Homeless Bills of Rights Legislation 

Homeless bills of rights, a new and powerful legislative tool for protecting the rights of homeless Americans, are gaining in popularity across the nation, according to a new report from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (“Law Center”). The report, From Wrongs to Rights: The Case for Homeless Bills of Rights Legislation, describes the need for homeless bills of rights and offers insight into the distinct legislative models that have emerged.

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | Read More...
 

   U.N. Human Rights Committee Calls U.S. Criminalization of Homelessness "Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading"

The U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva today condemned the criminalization of homelessness in the United States as "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" that violates international human rights treaty obligations, and called upon the U.S. government to take corrective action. 

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Read More...
 

   U.S. Treatment of Homeless Persons Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Say UN Experts  

On Thursday, March 13, the U.N. Human Rights Committee reviewed U.S. compliance with a major human rights treaty, raising concerns of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment for the practice of criminalizing homeless people for performing necessary life functions such as sleeping and eating in public when they have no private alternatives. 

 

Friday, March 14, 2014 | Read More...  
 

   Tent Cities on the Rise; Report Documents Constructive and Destructive Approaches 

Homeless encampments have been documented in almost every state across the country, with many more going unreported, according to a new report released today from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School. 
 
Monday, March 10, 2014 | Read More...  
 

   City of Boise Makes Right Move in Repealing Ordinance 

The Boise City Council will consider a repeal of sections of their new Anti-Solicitation Ordinance (ORD-34-13) at today's regular council meeting at 6pm. This after the ACLU of Idaho, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) and two Boise residents won a court preliminary injunction to halt the ordinance from taking effect.  
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | Read More...  

  ACLU and NLCHP Victorious in Lawsuit Challenging Boise's New Anti-Solicitation Ordinance 

The Law Center joined ACLU of Idaho in the lawsuit against the City of Boise. Today, U.S. District Federal Court Judge Edward J. Lodge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in ACLU of Idaho v. City of Boise. In doing so, the Court enjoined the City of Boise from enforcing its new Anti-Solicitation Ordinance (ORD-34-13) scheduled to take effect today, January 2, 2014.  
 
Thursday, January 2, 2014 | Read More...  
 

  Human Rights Report Card Gives U.S. Poor Grades on Housing  

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released its 2013 Human Right to Housing Report Card today, marked globally as human rights day, reviewing U.S. compliance with the human right to housing in the context of American homelessness over the past year. The report card found that while there were areas of improvement, much more needs to be done. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | Read More...  

 

  New HUD Homelessness Data Offer Incomplete Picture   
 
Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released new data indicating that 610,042 people were homeless as of January 2013, a decrease of 3.8 percent from the 2012 numbers. Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director of the Law Center, says HUD’s estimates combine data on the number of people living outdoors (which is counted differently in every city) and the number in HUD funded emergency shelters and transitional housing (which is limited to the capacity of those programs). This number excludes millions of Americans who are without housing and living doubled up or in motels because HUD programs are full.”
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Read More... 
 


  Veterans Day Commemorations Are Over; Homeless Veterans Are Still on the Streets
 
Today, the Law Center released its report on Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This is the third report by the Law Center on the Title V program, which allows vacant federal property to be used, for free, by eligible groups who provide housing or services to homeless persons. Protecting and expanding the ability of homeless service providers to access unused federal property is a critical part of the effort to end and prevent homelessness. 

 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | Read More...
 

  ACLU and NLCHP File Lawsuit Challenging Boise’s New Anti-Solicitation Ordinance
 
The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho (ACLU) and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) filed a legal challenge to Boise’s new Anti-Solicitation Ordinance (ORD-34-13) approved by the City Council on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.  The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Federal Court for the District of Idaho.
 
Monday, November 4, 2013 | Read More...
 

  Photo ID Requirement Would Disenfranchise Homeless and Low Income People
 
A trial will begin in a lawsuit filed by NLCHP, Dechert LLP, and other national and state partners, in a federal district court in Milwaukee challenging the State of Wisconsin's voter ID law. Plaintiffs in the case argue that allowing only certain types of photo ID imposes a severe burden on the right to vote in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Jeremy Rosen, Policy Director at the Law Center, is in Milwaukee this week for the trial.
 
Monday, November 4, 2013 | Read More...
 

  Senator, Congresswoman, Advocates to Receive Awards for Work on Homelessness
 
NLCHP will honor Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D -WI), Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and Judy Curtis for their work to end homelessness, at the Annual McKinney-Vento Awards in Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Eddie Johnson (D-TX) and ABC7/WJLA-TV News reporter and Washington Business Report anchor Rebecca Cooper will hand out awards and emcee the event.
 
Monday, October 28, 2013 | Read More...