Practical Tips for Avoiding Or Reducing The Risks Of The Training Executive Order (EO 13950) - 2020 On September 22, 2020, President Trump issued Executive Order 13950 on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (“EO 13950”). The Law Center believes that this action is unconstitutional, and legal challenges are already underway. In the meantime, we offer these practical tips for housing and homelessness prevention organizations who receive federal funding and may be affected by the order. View the full guidance here.
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National Homelessness and Housing Organizations Respond to USICH Report 10 national organizations, representing advocates and leaders in national efforts to end homelessness, released the following statement: Today, the Trump administration’s United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released a document that purports to lay out a plan to address homelessness. This is a plan in name only. It does not contain the interventions proven to reduce and end homelessness, which have been embraced by administrations on both sides of the aisle. The vast majority of what has been proposed cannot be implemented by the agency. The document [...]
Court Declares Florida Statutes Unconstitutional FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: National Homelessness Law Center Karianna Barr, Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 ext. 118 email@example.com Southern Legal Counsel Nancy Kinnally, Media Relations Consultant (407) 375-2264 firstname.lastname@example.org U.S. District Court declares Statutes prohibiting unpermitted charitable solicitation on Florida roadways unconstitutional under the First Amendment and issues permanent injunction (October 15, 2020, Jacksonville, FL) – In a major First Amendment victory, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has declared Florida Statutes 316.2045 and 337.406—which prohibit the solicitation of charitable contributions on [...]
2020 Know-Your-Rights Toolkit for Unaccompanied Youth & Families Who Lack Stable Housing Homelessness is traumatic, especially for children, who lose their neighborhood, friendships, routines, and even school. And during COVID-19, homelessness can have even more dire consequences for families. But the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act protects youth’s right to stay in their school. The Law Center has updated our toolkits for families experiencing homelessness— including those doubled up with others after losing their own housing—that address the education rights of their children, which are protected under federal law. View the full report here. [...]
Submission to HUD on the proposed amendment to the Equal Access Rule - 2020 The Law Center submitted a comment to HUD on their proposed rule entitled “Making Admission or Placement Determinations Based on Sex in Facilities Under Community Planning and Development Housing Programs.” The Law Center believes the proposed rule directly conflicts with the McKinney-Vento Act as it would severely harm many students, especially LGBTQ+ youth, whose educational stability and success rely on safe shelter conforming with their gender. View the full comment here.
Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy The National Homelessness Law Center mourns the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We are grateful for her commitment—throughout her long career—to using the power of the law to protect and advance the fundamental rights of all Americans. A pioneer and fierce advocate for equal rights, Justice Ginsburg also fought her own battle against sexist policies and beliefs to become a prominent attorney and judge, ascending to the nation’s highest Court, where she continued to work and fight to make real the words that serve as its banner: “Equal Justice Under Law.” Our [...]
An Announcement to the Law Center Community Dear Friends, I’m writing with two pieces of momentous and exciting news about the Law Center’s next chapter of growth. First, in recognition of our continued evolution and impact, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty is now the National Homelessness Law Center, effectively immediately. And, after 31 years at the helm, I will be stepping down as Executive Director of the Law Center at the end of this year. The name change is easy. We are simplifying and streamlining our name, but our mission remains the same: to use the power of the law to [...]
Founder and Executive Director Maria Foscarinis Stepping Down from the National Law Center on Homelessness & PovertyKarianna Barr2020-08-03T12:13:37-05:00
Founder and Executive Director Maria Foscarinis Stepping Down from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shaina Amaya Tel: 202-827-2165 Email: email@example.com (August 3, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the Law Center) announced today that Founder and Executive Director Maria Foscarinis is stepping down later this year after leading the organization for 31 years. Under Maria’s leadership, the Law Center recently completed a strategic rebranding process and is becoming the National Homelessness Law Center. Although the name and [...]
Court Strikes Down Citations and Fees as Cruel and Excessive Punishment U.S. District Court of Oregon Finds Civil and Criminal Punishments for Homelessness Unconstitutional FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Karianna Barr, Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 firstname.lastname@example.org Oregon Law Center Ed Johnson, Director of Litigation 503-998-2133 email@example.com (July 29, 2020, Medford, Oregon) – On July 22, people experiencing homelessness in Grants Pass, Oregon—and across the Ninth Circuit—won further support for their right to survive. The U.S. District Court in the District of Oregon issued [...]
HUD Rules Promote Discrimination, Undermine Equality FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 firstname.lastname@example.org Gutting Racial Housing Discrimination Accountability at the State Level (July 28, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – Late last week, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) announced two rule changes to undo previous anti-discrimination rules for housing and homeless shelters. The new rules contravene HUD’s mission to create suitable living environments for all Americans and would allow discrimination—backed by HUD funding—to proceed. After months of the Trump Administration undermining the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation, HUD circumvented the usual notice and comment rulemaking process; on July 24, [...]