7 11, 2019

Mega-Tents Do Not Solve Homelessness, Or Excuse Sweeps

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

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+00:00
15 10, 2019

IJT – October 2019

2019-10-15T20:31:31+00:00

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+00:00
17 09, 2019

IJT – September 2019

2019-09-19T15:07:35+00:00

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+00:00
17 09, 2019

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

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

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+00:00
12 09, 2019

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

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

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+00:00
11 09, 2019

IJT – August 2019

2019-09-11T17:18:45+00:00

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+00:00
23 08, 2019

Response to NoMa BID’s Open Letter

2019-08-23T19:47:37+00:00

Response to NoMa BID’s Open Letter The Law Center is disappointed at the common misconceptions in NoMa BID’s open letter. We understand that people are worried about their ability to safely walk through public spaces and would also like to point out that we should be equally concerned about the safety of solutions for the underrepresented NoMa residents – those living with homelessness. The request to place “pedestrian safe-passage zones” in NoMa can quickly become a way to exclude vulnerable NoMa residents. It is an act of dividing human beings into groups of people who are [...]

Response to NoMa BID’s Open Letter2019-08-23T19:47:37+00:00
13 08, 2019

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

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

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+00:00
17 07, 2019

IJT – July 2019

2019-09-11T17:17:32+00:00

July 2019 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— This year we’re celebrating the Law Center’s 30th anniversary and I’m looking back as well as forward. In 1996, a UN conference in Istanbul, where I traveled along with a small group of other US advocates, made clear what much of the world already knew: housing is not only a basic human need, it is also a basic human right recognized by the law of nations. That was the start of the Law Center’s work to move forward [...]

IJT – July 20192019-09-11T17:17:32+00:00
17 07, 2019

Nationwide Effort Calls for Housing, Not Handcuffs

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

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+00:00

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