The Law Center

 Message from the Director & Founder

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. 

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Law Center and C4 Fight for Fair Housing
The Law Center and the Center for Social Innovation urge the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to resume enforcement of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing requirement of the Fair Housing Act and require program participants to submit Assessment of Fair Housing submissions in accordance with the timelines and procedures laid out in the governing regulation. Read the full letter.

Tent City USA: The Growth of America's Homeless Encampments and How Communities are Responding

Our Tent City USA report documents the apparent rapid growth of encampments of people experiencing homelessness or "tent cities" across the United States and the legal and policy responses to that growth, including constructive alternatives to encampment evictions or sweeps.
Toolkit For Using Vacant Federal Property 
"Public Property/Public Need: A toolkit for using vacant federal property to end homelessness" is designed to help interested governments and non-profit organizations identify and successfully apply for properties available through the Title V Program. 
Register now for the National Forum on the Human Right to Housing! 
Join the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty at this year's Forum, on June 27 in Washington, D.C., hosted by Sidley Austin LLP. We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be Leilani Farha, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Housing. Our focus will be on furthering the Housing Not Handcuffs campaign, bringing key voices to the table including those currently or formerly experiencing homelessness, grassroots advocates, legal advocates, elected officials, and others. View the full agenda hereRegistration is now open; any revenue from ticket sales will go directly toward funding the attendance of those unable to contribute financially. If you would like a complimentary ticket, please register here.

  In the News

HuffPost Op-Ed: Homelessness Can't Be Solved With Fines & Arrests

In her piece "Homelessness Can't Be Solved With Fines And Arrests," Law Center Executive Director Maria Foscarinis discusses the harmful effects of using law enforcement as a first response to homelessness, setting forth constructive alternatives to criminalization. 

Protect Tenants, Prevent Homelessness

Our report "Protect Tenants, Prevent Homelessness" details the relationship between renters' rights and homelessness, as well as providing recommendations for improving housing security.
Housing Not Handcuffs: Finding Alternatives to Criminalization

Our Housing Not Handcuffs report shows that the criminalization of homelessness is increasing. Our campaign with the same name is focused on constructive alternatives. Learn more about the campaign, here.  Read about the Law Center on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website here