Alone Without a Home 2019 This report provides a state-by-state review of laws in 13 key issue areas that affect the lives of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness. Topics include status offenses, emancipation statutes, health care access, consent and confidentiality statutes, and juvenile justice system statutes. It also offers an overview of the range of approaches taken by jurisdictions and the relative prevalence of these approaches and includes detailed indexes where advocates can find the relevant laws in their state or jurisdiction. Importantly, the report also provides recommendations for policy changes in each of the 13 [...]
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Homeless Persons Cannot Be Punished for Sleeping in Absence of Alternatives, 9th Circuit Decision Establishesnlchp2019-04-11T15:42:42-05:00
Homeless Persons Cannot Be Punished for Sleeping in Absence of Alternatives, 9th Circuit Decision Establishes NLCHP Contact: Cassidy Waskowicz Acting Director of Development & Communications email@example.com 202-638-2535 ext 105 (April 1, 2019, Boise, Idaho) – Tonight, people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in the west coast states of the Ninth Circuit can sleep more safely, without facing criminal punishment for simply trying to survive on the streets. Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an en banc petition by the city of Boise in Martin v. Boise (formerly Bell v. Boise), leaving in place its September 2018 ruling that homeless [...]
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Adopts New Guiding Principles and Practices for Unsheltered Homelessness NLCHP Contact: Cassidy Waskowicz Acting Director of Development & Communications firstname.lastname@example.org 202-638-2535 ext 105 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 7, 2019, Los Angeles, CA) – On February 28, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) adopted new policy that calls for decriminalizing life-sustaining survival actions of the more than 40,000 Los Angelenos who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness. The policy, entitled Guiding Principles and Practices for Local Responses to Unsheltered Homelessness, outlines principles that affirm the civil rights of those experiencing homelessness. This guidance cites the Encampment Principles [...]
February 2019 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— February is Black History Month, but racism is a reality every month, and it permeates every aspect of American society. Homelessness and poverty are no exception. African Americans make up 12.4 percent of the general U.S. population, 23.5% of the total poverty population-and a staggering 42.6 percent of the U.S. homeless population. The disproportionate racial impact of poverty alone does not explain this even greater discrepancy within homelessness. Discriminatory laws, policies, and attitudes—structural racism—drive the disproportionate representation of African [...]
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A group of advocacy organizations and pro bono attorneys are suing St. Johns County Sheriff David B. Shoar and Florida Highway Patrol Director Gene Spaulding on behalf of Peter Vigue, a St. Augustine resident who has been arrested by both law enforcement agencies for standing on the public right of way and holding a sign soliciting donations. The suit, filed on February 12, 2019, challenges the constitutionality of Florida statutes that prohibit individuals from soliciting charitable contributions on public streets and sidewalks without a local government permit but exempt charitable organizations from the permit requirements and other restrictions. [...]
As Shutdown Puts Families at Risk of Homelessness, Federal Law Protects Children’s School Rights FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cassidy Waskowicz Acting Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 email@example.com (January 25, 2019, Washington, D.C.) – Over 2.5 million children experience homelessness each year in the U.S., and advocates fear their ranks will increase due to the continuing government shutdown. As the 800,000 federal government employees currently furloughed or working without pay miss their second paycheck today, some will be unable to pay their rent or mortgage--putting them and their families at risk [...]
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.
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.
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.
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 Press, Variety Magazine, Billboard 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. Click here to download and read the report.