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 [...]
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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, [...]
Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Over Alabama’s Laws Criminalizing Panhandling City of Montgomery Issued over 400 Citations in Last 18 Months Enforcing Laws in Violation of First Amendment FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Karianna Barr/NLCHP/ email@example.com/ 202-638-2535 x118 Jen Fuson/SPLCfirstname.lastname@example.org / 202-834-6209 Rebecca Seung-Bickley /Alabama ACLUemail@example.com/334-420-1743 Montgomery, Ala.— Alabama’s panhandling laws violate the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech, according to a lawsuit filed today seeking to immediately stop the city of Montgomery and Alabama from enforcing two state statutes prohibiting panhandling. The current laws make it unlawful for anyone to [...]
2019 State Index on Youth Homelessness Each year, True Colors United and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty collaborate to research, analyze, and publish an annual State Index on Youth Homelessness (the Index) that measures, scores and reports on the systems, environment, and laws of all states as they relate to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The Index paints a broad picture of where states currently stand in these categories and how they can collectively and individually improve their measures to end and prevent youth homelessness. The Index also provides an assessment of all [...]
2019 State Index Report on Youth Homelessness Shows Progress FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona Communications Associate 202-638-2535 firstname.lastname@example.org (February 5, 2020, Washington, DC) – The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (Law Center) and True Colors United are excited to announce the release of the 2019 State Index on Youth Homelessness. This is the second consecutive year that these two organizations have come together to evaluate all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. The 2019 State Index on [...]
Supreme Court Lets Martin v. Boise Stand: Homeless Persons Cannot Be Punished for Sleeping in Absence of Alternatives FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona Communications Associate email@example.com (December 16, 2019, Washington, DC) – This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition by the city of Boise to review the case Martin v. Boise (formerly Bell v. Boise). This leaves in place earlier rulings by the 9th Circuit that homeless persons cannot be punished for sleeping outside on public property in the absence of adequate alternatives. People experiencing unsheltered homelessness—at least in [...]
Housing Not Handcuffs 2019 Housing is a human right. While three-quarters of Americans agree that housing is a human right, and an increasing number of elected officials are addressing it as such, our country has not put in place the policies to ensure that right, and as a consequence, millions of Americans experience homelessness in a national crisis that gets worse each year. Many people experiencing homelessness have no choice but to live outside, yet cities routinely punish or harass unhoused people for their presence in public places. Nationwide, people without housing are ticketed, arrested, [...]
Statement on Appointment of Robert Marbut as Executive Director of USICH FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 firstname.lastname@example.org (December 4, 2019, Washington, DC)—Yesterday, it was announced that Robert Marbut would be named as the Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), a position recently left open by the ousting of Matthew Doherty. The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty looks forward to continuing to work with this esteemed group under new leadership, and we also hope to see the [...]