13 02, 2020

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

2020-02-13T09:46:33-05:00

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
16 12, 2019

Supreme Court Lets Martin v. Boise Stand

2019-12-16T18:16:52-05:00

Supreme Court Lets Martin v. Boise Stand: Homeless Persons Cannot Be Punished for Sleeping in Absence of Alternatives FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 kbarr@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. [...]

Supreme Court Lets Martin v. Boise Stand2019-12-16T18:16:52-05:00
4 12, 2019

Statement on Appointment of Robert Marbut as Executive Director of USICH

2019-12-10T19:30:00-05:00

Statement on Appointment of Robert Marbut as Executive Director of USICH FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 kbarr@nlchp.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 [...]

Statement on Appointment of Robert Marbut as Executive Director of USICH2019-12-10T19:30:00-05:00
22 11, 2019

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

2019-12-03T18:39:40-05:00

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
7 11, 2019

Mega-Tents Do Not Solve Homelessness, Or Excuse Sweeps

2019-11-07T20:32:38-05:00

Mega-Tents Do Not Solve Homelessness, Or Excuse Sweeps National Homelessness Experts Condemn Texas Governor’s Action FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona 202-638-2535 x109 – cletona@nlchp.org (November 7, 2019, Washington, D.C.) – On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ignored the voices of countless Austin residents when he ordered the displacement of homeless people living under Texas bridges in the Austin area—with no plan for where they would go. In apparent response to these actions, the Austin Chamber of Commerce announced plans to spend millions on a “large tent structure,” which the [...]

Mega-Tents Do Not Solve Homelessness, Or Excuse Sweeps2019-11-07T20:32:38-05:00
17 09, 2019

White House Policy Paper on Homelessness Misrepresents Evidence, Drives Wrong Conclusions

2019-09-17T18:50:18-05:00

White House Policy Paper on Homelessness Misrepresents Evidence, Drives Wrong Conclusions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr 202-638-2535, Ext. 118 kbarr@nlchp.org (September 17, 2019, Washington, DC)—On Monday evening, President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisors released a white paper that ignores and directly contradicts the evidence-based consensus of 19 of his own agencies.  Last year, those agencies published the Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness, stating that housing, low barrier shelter, and decriminalization is the best way to end homelessness. “The President and I agree that homelessness is a disgrace to our [...]

White House Policy Paper on Homelessness Misrepresents Evidence, Drives Wrong Conclusions2019-09-17T18:50:18-05:00
12 09, 2019

Trump Administration’s Plan to Crack Down on Homeless Encampments Raises Alarms

2019-09-17T18:50:19-05:00

Trump Administration’s Plan to Crack Down on Homeless Encampments Raises Alarms FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crystal Letona Communications Associate 202-638-2535 x109 – cletona@nlchp.org (September 12, 2019, Washington, DC) – On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that President Trump ordered White House officials to “crack down” on homeless encampments in California. While the Law Center agrees that unsheltered homelessness is a crisis in California and across the country, we are concerned about the Administration’s plans to displace people without real attention to alternatives. “Simply razing encampments without ensuring adequate alternatives is [...]

Trump Administration’s Plan to Crack Down on Homeless Encampments Raises Alarms2019-09-17T18:50:19-05:00
13 08, 2019

Public-Charge Rule Uses Fear to Harm Immigrant Families and Increases Their Risk of Homelessness

2019-09-11T18:30:24-05:00

Public-Charge Rule Uses Fear to Harm Immigrant Families and Increases Their Risk of Homelessness FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crystal Letona Communications Associate 202-638-2535, Ext. 109 – cletona@nlchp.org (August 13, 2019, Washington, DC) – Yesterday, the Trump administration released the final version of the “public charge” rule which will prevent legal immigrants and their families from pursuing permanent residency if they or someone in their household legally uses federal public assistance programs including Medicaid, nutrition-related resources, or subsidized housing. The first proposed version of the rule was announced in September of [...]

Public-Charge Rule Uses Fear to Harm Immigrant Families and Increases Their Risk of Homelessness2019-09-11T18:30:24-05:00
17 07, 2019

Nationwide Effort Calls for Housing, Not Handcuffs

2019-07-17T18:58:28-05:00

Nationwide Effort Calls for Housing, Not Handcuffs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cassidy Waskowicz Acting Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 cwaskowicz@nlchp.org (July 17, 2019, Washington, D.C.) – Today, the #IAskForHelpBecause Campaign launched its second round of a nationwide effort to strike down bans on panhandling and to replace them with more constructive policies that address the root causes of homelessness. Since the 2015 decision in Norton v. Springfield that found any targeting of speech asking for donations for punishment invokes the strictest scrutiny under First Amendment protections, every ordinance limiting [...]

Nationwide Effort Calls for Housing, Not Handcuffs2019-07-17T18:58:28-05:00
1 04, 2019

Homeless Persons Cannot Be Punished for Sleeping in Absence of Alternatives, 9th Circuit Decision Establishes

2019-04-11T15:42:42-05:00

Homeless Persons Cannot Be Punished for Sleeping in Absence of Alternatives, 9th Circuit Decision Establishes NLCHP Contact: Cassidy Waskowicz Acting Director of Development & Communications cwaskowicz@nlchp.org 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 [...]

Homeless Persons Cannot Be Punished for Sleeping in Absence of Alternatives, 9th Circuit Decision Establishes2019-04-11T15:42:42-05:00