18 02, 2020

IJT – February 2020


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 [...]

IJT – February 20202020-03-20T10:26:43-05:00
13 02, 2020

Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Over Alabama’s Laws Criminalizing Panhandling


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/ kbarr@nlchp.org/ 202-638-2535 x118 Jen Fuson/SPLC/jen.fuson@splcenter.org / 202-834-6209 Rebecca Seung-Bickley /Alabama ACLU/rseungbickley@aclualabama.org/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 [...]

Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Over Alabama’s Laws Criminalizing Panhandling2020-02-13T09:46:33-05:00
5 02, 2020

2019 State Index on Youth Homelessness


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 on Youth Homelessness2020-03-13T21:38:35-05:00
31 01, 2020

Representatives Reveal Housing Policy Bills, Endorse Housing as a Human Right


Representatives Reveal Housing Policy Bills, Endorse Housing as a Human Right This was a monumental week for housing and human rights advocates, lawyers, and policymakers across the nation. U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal unveiled the Housing is a Human Right Act within a package of housing policy bills backed by The People’s Housing Platform. Representative Jayapal stood strong with her sisters in service Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, as well as Representative Jesús García and Earl Blumenauer. Together the legislators declared, “Housing is a human right!” This bill not only defends the human rights of people [...]

Representatives Reveal Housing Policy Bills, Endorse Housing as a Human Right2020-01-31T20:21:48-05:00
21 01, 2020

IJT – January 2020


January 2020 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— Happy 2020! Here’s to a great new year for all of us, and for our work to end the injustice of homelessness. I want to share highlights of our plans for the new year: We will work to implement our landmark victory in Martin v. Boise. We had an exciting end to 2019 when the Supreme Court decided not to hear Boise v. Martin, letting stand the Ninth Circuit ruling, which ensures that no one experiencing homelessness can [...]

IJT – January 20202020-01-21T19:36:15-05:00
17 12, 2019

IJT – December 2019


December 2019 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— As we reach the end of 2019, a year that marked our 30th anniversary, I’m reflecting on all we accomplished. It’s been an amazing year of activism and impact, all toward our common goal of ending and preventing homelessness. We won a landmark victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Martin v. Boise, which ruled that criminally punishing homeless people for sleeping outside when there are no other options is unconstitutional. And as [...]

IJT – December 20192019-12-17T21:08:00-05:00
16 12, 2019

Supreme Court Lets Martin v. Boise Stand


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 cletona@nlchp.org (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 [...]

Supreme Court Lets Martin v. Boise Stand2020-05-06T21:43:04-05:00
10 12, 2019

Housing Not Handcuffs 2019


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, [...]

Housing Not Handcuffs 20192020-01-15T15:25:12-05:00
22 11, 2019

White House Policy on Homelessness Based on Politics, Not Public Safety or Health


White House Policy on Homelessness Based on Politics, Not Public Safety or Health FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 kbarr@nlchp.org (November 22, 2019, Washington, DC)—Last Friday, the White House removed the Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), Matthew Doherty, raising concerns that it plans to move forward with a political, rather than evidence-based, strategy to addressing homelessness in California and across the country. Doherty’s forced departure comes months after the Council of Economic Advisors released a white paper that ignores [...]

White House Policy on Homelessness Based on Politics, Not Public Safety or Health2019-12-03T18:39:40-05:00
19 11, 2019

IJT – November 2019


November 2019 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— I’m writing during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, and just before our annual McKinney-Vento Awards event—which also aims to raise awareness as well as funds to support our work for solutions. These events are critical reminders. But homelessness is a crisis every day and night of the year: Each year, one in 10 young adults aged 18-25 experiences homelessness, with Black LBGTQ youth experiencing the highest rates. During the 2016-17 school year—the latest for which we have this [...]

IJT – November 20192019-12-17T21:02:08-05:00