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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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Just Released: State Index on Youth Homelessness
The Law Center and the True Colors Fund released the State Index on Youth Homelessness, a first-of-its-kind resource that evaluates all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. Read our press release, view the online interactive map, and read the full report.

The state index received media coverage in the Associated PressVariety MagazineBillboard Magazine, and the Washington Post. Special thanks to the Raikes Foundation, Latham & Watkins LLP, The Carlyle Group, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and DLA Piper LLP for their contributions to the report. 


Photos from the 2018 National Forum on the Human Right to Housing
Over 150 advocates gathered in Washington, D.C., to attend the 2018 National Forum on the Human Right to Housing on June 27 hosted by Sidley Austin LLP. Photos are available on the Law Center's Facebook, and follow #Right2HousingForum on Twitter for updates. 
 
 
Victory in the 9th Circuit! 
A federal court ruled that punishing people without access to shelter for sleeping in public is unconstitutional in the case of Martin v. Boise. The impact of this case is making waves across the nation. Read what Senior Attorney Eric Tars has to say about what this means for advocates and cities. 

Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign Demands Repeal of Panhandling Bans
On August 28, the Law Center and partners of the Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign launched a nationwide effort to strike down bans on panhandling. Advocates in a dozen states are demanding more than 200 cities repeal panhandling bans and redirect resources to housing. Learn more here
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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. 

Law Center Challenges Greensboro's Unconstitutional Panhandling Ordinance

The Law Center is joining the ACLU of North Carolina and Legal Aid of North Carolina in representing three homeless people in a federal lawsuit seeking to block a Greensboro ordinance that violates free speech, equal protection, and due process rights of people who ask for contributions in public places in the city. Read the full press release here

HUD Funding Application Encourages Decriminalization
Use the Law Center's latest resource to learn how your community's efforts to decriminalize homelessness increase your eligibility for HUD funding.