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1911, 2019

IJT – November 2019

By |November 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

711, 2019

Mega-Tents Do Not Solve Homelessness, Or Excuse Sweeps

By |November 7th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1510, 2019

IJT – October 2019

By |October 15th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Newsletters, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1709, 2019

IJT – September 2019

By |September 17th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Newsletters, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1709, 2019

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

By |September 17th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1209, 2019

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

By |September 12th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1109, 2019

IJT – August 2019

By |September 11th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Newsletters, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2308, 2019

Response to NoMa BID’s Open Letter

By |August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Op-Eds, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1308, 2019

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

By |August 13th, 2019|Categories: Press Releases, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1707, 2019

Nationwide Effort Calls for Housing, Not Handcuffs

By |July 17th, 2019|Categories: Press Releases, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

107, 2019

IJT – June 2019

By |July 1st, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Newsletters, Uncategorized|

June 2019 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— Earlier this month, at our annual National Forum on the Human Right to Housing, participants from around the country came together to share ideas, strategies, and inspiration to move forward our work for Housing Not Handcuffs. It was an amazing group of people. Participants included homeless and [...]

2404, 2019

IJT – April 2019

By |April 24th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Newsletters, Uncategorized|

April 2019 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— Earlier this month, the Law Center and our partners won another big victory in our fight against the criminalization of homelessness. The federal court of appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected an effort to review our earlier outcome in Martin v. Boise, meaning that our landmark victory [...]

1104, 2019

Alone Without a Home 2019

By |April 11th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Reports, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

104, 2019

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

By |April 1st, 2019|Categories: Press Releases, Uncategorized|

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  [...]

2703, 2019

700,000 U.S. Minors are Alone and Without A Home: New Report Addresses Their Rights In Every State

By |March 27th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases|

700,000 U.S. Minors are Alone and Without A Home: New Report Addresses Their Rights In Every State NN4Y Contact: Darla Bardine Executive Director Darla.bardine@nn4youth.org NLCHP Contact: Cassidy Waskowicz Acting Director of Development & Communications cwaskowicz@nlchp.org Legal Barriers Prevent Youth from Accessing Essentials like Shelter, Health Care, School (February 13, 2019, Washington, D.C.) – A new report by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and National Network for [...]

2403, 2019

IJT – March 2019

By |March 24th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Newsletters, Uncategorized|

March 2019 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— One of the many myths about homelessness is that it primarily affects men. This is simply not true, and March—when we celebrate Women’s History Month—is a good time to set the record straight. The reality is that women are especially vulnerable to homelessness—regardless of how it’s defined. [...]

1403, 2019

LA Homeless Services Authority Adopts Progressive Policy for Unsheltered Homelessness

By |March 14th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases|

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Adopts New Guiding Principles and Practices for Unsheltered Homelessness NLCHP Contact: Cassidy Waskowicz  Acting Director of Development & Communications cwaskowicz@nlchp.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 [...]

2802, 2019

IJT – February 2019

By |February 28th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Newsletters, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1302, 2019

Advocacy Groups Take Legal Action on Florida Panhandling Bans

By |February 13th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, News Snippets, Press Releases|

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 [...]

1202, 2019

As Shutdown Puts Families at Risk of Homelessness, Federal Law Protects Children’s School Rights

By |February 12th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases|

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 cwaskowicz@nlchp.org (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 [...]

1010, 2018

Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign Demands Repeal of Panhandling Bans

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|

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.

1010, 2018

Victory in the 9th Circuit! 

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|

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.

1010, 2018

Photos from the 2018 National Forum on the Human Right to Housing

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases|

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.

1010, 2018

Just Released: State Index on Youth Homelessness

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: Latest News, Youth Homelessness|

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 [...]

2006, 2017

Communities Count People Experiencing Homelessness

By |June 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Last week, communities across the country began conducting “counts” of their homeless populations, an effort most will wrap up this week. The results will be published later this year in a report assessing the state of homelessness in America—including whether it is going up or down. The problem is—the “counts” won’t tell us that. A lot of energy goes into the counts, which are federally mandated, and volunteers come out [...]

1603, 2016

Moving Forward in 2017 – How You Can Help

By |March 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Educate yourself and others. Peruse our web site, participate in our webinars, read our reports – and then share information about the Law Center’s work with others. Use social media to help drive attention to our critical work. Follow the Law Center on twitter @NLCHPhomeless and the Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign @HNHCampaign – please re-tweet our posts and encourage others to follow the Law Center on social media. Follow the Law Center and the Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign on Facebook. [...]

1503, 2016

Top 5 Threats to People Experiencing Homelessness: What the Trump Election Could Mean to the Most Vulnerable

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

People experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of homelessness, are amongst the most marginalized and vulnerable people within our communities. And the issues related to homelessness do not always fall along partisan lines. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming transition and the top 5 threats facing people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. Please use this information to advocate with your representatives in government!

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