From Wrongs to Rights
The Case for Homeless Bill of Rights Legislation
There is a new legislative tool gaining momentum across the country: homeless bill of rights. This report surveys the common rights violations experienced by homeless Americans, describes homeless bills of rights enacted and proposed in several states, and provides advocates with guidance for pursuing similar legislation in their states.
The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States
This report documents the rise of homeless encampments and "tent cities" across the United States, and the legal and policy responses to that growth.
Human Right to Housing Report Card 2013
This report card assesses the current level of U.S. compliance with the human right to housing in the context of American homelessness. In doing so, we consider the country as a whole, and policy at all levels of government, as it relates to homelessness, including its prevention.
This Land is Your Land
How Surplus Property Can Prevent and End Homelessness
This is the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty's third report on Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 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.
The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities
Despite the fact that communities all over the country lack adequate affordable housing and shelter space, cities are continuing to penalize people forced to live on our streets and in public spaces. Criminalization measures often prohibit activities like as sleeping/camping, eating, sitting, and/or begging in public spaces and include criminal penalties for violations of these laws. Some cities have even enacted restrictions that punish groups and individuals for serving food to homeless people. Many of these measures appear to be designed to move homeless persons out of sight, or even out of a given city. Criminalizing Crisis, the Law Center’s tenth report on the criminalization of homelessness, provides an overview of the criminalization measures in place across the country, as well as guidance on how advocates can combat them and promote more constructive alternatives.
Additional Resources: Criminalizing Crisis Advocacy Manual
A Place at the Table
Prohibitions on Sharing Food with People Experiencing Homelessness
Uncomfortable with visible homelessness in their communities and influenced by myths about homeless people’s food access, cities use food sharing restrictions to move homeless people out of sight, an action that often exacerbates the challenges people experiencing homelessness face each day just to survive. This report focuses on ordinances, policies, and tactics that discourage or prohibit individuals and groups from sharing food with homeless persons. The report also highlights constructive alternatives to food sharing restrictions, in the form of innovative programs that both adults and youth are implementing to share food with people experiencing homelessness in their communities.
A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth
Each year, an estimated 1.6 million children and youth (ages 12-17) experience homelessness without a parent or guardian. unaccompanied homeless youth face numerous legal barriers that often complicate their attempts to meet the basic necessities of life on their own and prevent them from reaching out for assistance to state agencies and service providers that could otherwise help them. This report reviews the state of current law in 12 key issue areas that affect the lives and future prospects of unaccompanied homeless youth in all 50 U.S. states and 6 territories.
Eviction (without) Notice
Renters and the Foreclosure Crisis
Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading
Submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Committee
Prior to the foreclosure crisis and economic recession, homelessness was already a national crisis. Since then, homelessness has increased dramatically. This report assesses the current level of U.S. compliance with the human right to housing in the context of American homelessness. In doing so, we consider the country as a whole, and policy at all levels of government, as it related to homelessness, including its prevention. It is not, and not intended to be, a comprehensive review and assessment of implementation of all aspects of the right.
Homeless Advocates Group 2013 Policy Priorities
This document lists joint priorities homeless advocates share in 2013. The list includes increasing appropriations for affordable housing and programs that serve homeless persons, capitalizing the National Housing Trust Fund, implementing the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion, and opposing the criminalization of homelessness.
Annual Report 2012
In 2012, with your support, the Law Center used the power of the law to protect the human dignity and basic rights of homeless Americans—to help prevent and end homelessness.
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