Washington, D.C., December 20, 2017 – The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released a new report, Tent City USA: The Growth of America’s Homeless Encampments and How Communities are Responding, reviewing the rapid growth of homeless people living in tents across the United States over the pasts decade, as measured by documentation in media reports.
Washington, D.C., December 6, 2017 – In response to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) release of its 2017 point-in-time (PIT) count of the homeless population in the United States, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the Law Center) released a new report detailing problems with HUD’s methodology that result in a significant undercount of homeless Americans.
San Diego, CA, November 16, 2017 – A group of homeless people, many with disabilities, sued the City of San Diego today over unfair ticketing of their vehicles. They are represented by Fish & Richardson, Disability Rights California, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, Dreher Law Firm, and Bonnett Fairbourn & Balint. The class-action lawsuit challenges enforcement of ordinances banning nighttime RV parking and vehicle habitation that unfairly target homeless people.
Washington, D.C. November 8, 2017 – The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the Law Center) released its Homeless Education Advocacy Manual: Disaster Edition, a resource that guides homeless students and their families displaced by a disaster on their rights to educational continuity and stability during disaster recovery.
Washington, D.C. October 24, 2017 – Vernon Davis of the National Football League (NFL) and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) will be honored tonight by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (Law Center) at the 19th Annual McKinney-Vento Awards for their efforts to end homelessness in America.
Washington, D.C. October 17, 2017 – The McKinney-Vento Awards, hosted by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, is an annual event to recognize individuals and organizations that have advanced solutions to homelessness and poverty in the United States.
Washington, D.C. September 12, 2017 – There is no shortage of natural disasters this year, with hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes leaving thousands of people displaced and many facing the possibility of homelessness.
Washington, D.C. August 29, 2017 – Over the weekend, as Hurricane Harvey pummeled south Texas with deadly winds and heavy rains, leaving thousands of people in the Houston area displaced, it brought the reality of homelessness to the fore for millions.
Houston, TX. August 22, 2017 – Homeless residents of Houston have been granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting the City of Houston from enforcing an anti-camping ordinance against homeless people for sheltering themselves in public. The residents are represented by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the ACLU of Texas, and Dechert LLP.
Boise, ID July 13, 2017 – Today the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (the Law Center), together with co-counsel Idaho Legal Aid Services, and with pro bono support from Latham & Watkins LLP, presented oral arguments in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Martin v. City of Boise, a case challenging the city of Boise’s ordinances that prohibit sleeping in public.
Washington, D.C. June 12, 2017 – The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) and other state, local, and national leaders call on advocates, elected officials, and concerned citizens to participate in the Our Homes, Our Voices Day of Action on July 29 to bring more attention to America’s affordable housing crisis. Coordinated activities will be held in cities across the nation to call for a greater investment in affordable homes and community development.
Washington, D.C. May 23, 2017 – President Trump’s budget, which proposes drastic cuts to critical resources for low-income and homeless Americans, ignores data on what works, hurts our country’s most vulnerable people, and hurts our communities. Not only does the Administration’s budget show a complete disregard for solving homelessness, it would dramatically increase it.
Washington, D.C. April 25, 2017 – Local governments and nonprofit housing and service organizations have access to free property from the federal government to permanently house homeless people under Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Thousands of properties are advertised each year, but the program continues to be underutilized. The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the Law Center) has released a new toolkit to help local governments and service providers take advantage of this program.
Denver, CO April 3, 2017 – Mere days after a national study showed that courts often side with homeless people against ordinances criminalizing acts of survival, tomorrow Denver will start a trial against three poor people for violation of the Unauthorized Urban Camping Ban, a controversial city ordinance that criminalizes sleeping on the streets.
Washington, D.C. March 28, 2017 – As the criminalization of homelessness continues to rise in cities across the country, a majority of the lawsuits filed to challenge criminalization laws and enforcement practices have found success in court. According to a new report released by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, 57% of cases challenging restrictions on camping in public, 75% of cases challenging evictions of homeless encampments and seizure of homeless persons’ property, and 100% of cases challenging panhandling laws over the last two years have resulted in favorable outcomes for homeless people and their advocates.
Washington, D.C. March 17, 2017 – The Trump Administration’s budget makes $6.2 billion in cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and eliminates the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which has spearheaded coordinated efforts that have reduced veteran homelessness by as much as 47%. The budget also targets programs under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, such as the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program that help keep people in housing and prevent homelessness.
Washington, D.C. March 10, 2017 – The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the Law Center) condemned the votes in the Senate and House of Representatives to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal a U.S. Department of Education rule that clarified states’ accountability obligations under the bi-partisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Washington, D.C. February 07, 2017 – The National Housing Law Project (NHLP), the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (The Law Center), and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) applaud Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for introducing legislation to permanently extend the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA).