A Message From Our Founder Dear Friends— I hope you and your families are well and taking good care of yourselves. I’m writing at this unprecedented time to update you on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Law Center and on our work. Our staff is now all working remotely, and we are all working tirelessly to ensure that our unhoused neighbors are protected and safe. Last week, we published a webpage and policy recommendations outlining the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness during this public health crisis. They have already been shared widely and several are [...]
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CDC: Housing, Not Handcuffs Is the Way to Stop COVID-19 Amongst Homeless Populations Advocates Hail First Step, Call for More Help FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona 202-638-2535 x 109 firstname.lastname@example.org (March 23, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – Late Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued official guidance stating, “Unless individual housing units are available, do not clear encampments during community spread of COVID-19.” The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the Law Center) and our Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign members agree with the outlined recommendations and are grateful [...]
Representatives Introduce Housing is a Human Right Act of 2020 Right to Housing Needed More than Ever with COVID-19 Threats, Say Advocates FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona 202-638-2535 x 109 email@example.com (March 19, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introduced the Housing is a Human Right Act of 2020. The bill, co-sponsored by Representative Grace Meng (NY-06), aims to “address and end root causes of homelessness; transition communities towards providing housing for all; and ensure full democratic participation of persons experiencing homelessness.” For these reasons, the [...]
March 2020 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— I’m writing at a time of crisis for all of us—and especially for our unhoused neighbors and friends. People experiencing homelessness are exceptionally vulnerable to communicable diseases—including the coronavirus, COVID-19, which is sweeping the country and the world. Now, especially with President Trump’s false and harmful statements about people experiencing homelessness—including claiming without evidence that police officers are getting sick from their interactions and his Administration’s consideration of policies that would raze encampments and force people [...]
Housing is the Next Step to Mitigating Coronavirus FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona Communications Associate 202-638-2535 x 109 firstname.lastname@example.org (March 11, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – Without proper resources, people experiencing homelessness can be exceptionally vulnerable to communicable diseases—including the current outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19. The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty anticipates this virus to be not only a public health crisis, but also to direct attention to the safety and the rights of people lacking adequate housing and healthcare. As we consider the threats to our own [...]
February 2020 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— Race and racism play pivotal—yet little discussed—roles in homelessness. Recent research shows that people of color are disproportionately represented in the homeless population—even more so than in the overall population of people experiencing poverty in the United States. Some 40% of people experiencing homelessness are Black, even though they only comprise 26% of those living in poverty and 13% of the overall population. This is disturbing, but not surprising. Nationally, approximately half of all renters [...]