19 05, 2020

IJT – May 2020


May 2020 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— May is when we typically hold an event to honor and appreciate the contributions of our LEAP members to our mission to use the power of the law to end and prevent homelessness in America. This year, the pandemic means that instead of an in-person event, we will be kicking off a series of virtual events to highlight their pro bono work and financial support. We’ll be paying special tribute to the extraordinary work LEAP members are doing to help [...]

IJT – May 20202020-05-19T15:17:24-05:00
22 04, 2020

IJT – April 2020


April 2020 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— I hope you, your family, and your friends are safe and well. So many people in our country and around the world are not. Many have lost their lives, and many more have fallen ill. Even more have lost their jobs, health care, or homes. People who are homeless are among the hardest hit by the crisis we are all experiencing. As I wrote last month, they are exceptionally vulnerable due to poor health, lack of insurance and health care, [...]

IJT – April 20202020-04-22T11:27:58-05:00
19 03, 2020

IJT – March 2020


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 [...]

IJT – March 20202020-03-20T10:23:41-05:00
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
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
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
15 10, 2019

IJT – October 2019


October 2019 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— In the District of Columbia, our organizational home, thousands of unaccompanied minors experience homelessness each year. They may have legal rights that give them access to health care, housing, and education, and that protect them from arrest for truancy and other status crimes. But they are unlikely to often know what those are or how to assert them. That’s why we’ve partnered with pro bono legal teams at The Walt Disney Company and Baker McKenzie to create a [...]

IJT – October 20192019-10-15T20:31:31-05:00
17 09, 2019

IJT – September 2019


September 2019 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— “Homelessness is a disgrace.” As someone who has spent over three decades working to end homelessness in America, I couldn’t agree more with this recent statement from President Trump. But the ideas under consideration for addressing it, outlined in a new white paper from the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, are deeply concerning. Homelessness is a crisis, not just in California, where the President seems to be focusing his attention, but across the country. Steep increases in housing [...]

IJT – September 20192019-09-19T15:07:35-05:00
11 09, 2019

IJT – August 2019


August 2019 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— I’m writing as we’ve just said good-bye to our summer interns, and it’s an especially poignant moment. Our interns—both law and undergraduate did stellar work for us, and you can read about them here. And their energy, commitment and dedication to social justice are a source of inspiration to all of us and to me personally. Last month, we celebrated the Law Center’s 30 years of impact—making a difference in the lives of millions of people. The interns [...]

IJT – August 20192019-09-11T17:18:45-05:00