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1108, 2020

An Announcement to the Law Center Community

By |August 11th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Op-Eds, Uncategorized|

An Announcement to the Law Center Community Dear Friends, I’m writing with two pieces of momentous and exciting news about the Law Center’s next chapter of growth. First, in recognition of our continued evolution and impact, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty is now the National Homelessness Law Center, effectively immediately. And, after 31 years at the helm, I will be stepping down as Executive Director of the Law Center [...]

308, 2020

Founder and Executive Director Maria Foscarinis Stepping Down from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

By |August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

Founder and Executive Director Maria Foscarinis Stepping Down from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Shaina Amaya Tel: 202-827-2165 Email: samaya@leaderfit.org (August 3, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the Law Center) announced today that Founder and Executive Director Maria Foscarinis is stepping down later this year [...]

2907, 2020

Court Strikes Down Citations and Fees as Cruel and Excessive Punishment

By |July 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Court Strikes Down Citations and Fees as Cruel and Excessive Punishment U.S. District Court of Oregon Finds Civil and Criminal Punishments for Homelessness Unconstitutional FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Karianna Barr, Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 kbarr@nlchp.org Oregon Law Center Ed Johnson, Director of Litigation 503-998-2133 ejohnson@oregonlawcenter.org (July 29, 2020, Medford, [...]

2807, 2020

HUD Rules Promote Discrimination, Undermine Equality

By |July 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

HUD Rules Promote Discrimination, Undermine Equality FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 kbarr@nlchp.org Gutting Racial Housing Discrimination Accountability at the State Level (July 28, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – Late last week, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) announced two rule changes to undo previous anti-discrimination rules for housing and homeless shelters. The new rules contravene HUD’s mission to create suitable [...]

1407, 2020

IJT – July 2020

By |July 14th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Newsletters|

July, 2020  SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— Each month as rent comes due, more and more Americans can’t pay it: the pandemic coupled with the resulting economic crisis means choosing between paying rent and putting food on the table. A recent estimate projects a 40-45% increase in homelessness this summer alone. My fear is that the [...]

907, 2020

IJT – June 2020

By |July 9th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Newsletters|

June, 2020 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— I hope you are finding strength during this challenging time. Earlier this month, I released a public statement on behalf of the Law Center condemning the recent brutal killings George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery—and of so many others before them. As we said then, as an organization committed to using [...]

1806, 2020

Fighting for Policies to Make Real Change

By |June 18th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Uncategorized|

Fighting for Policies to Make Real Change George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery. We at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty say these names to remember these lives that were recently so brutally cut short—adding to the killings of so many others before them. As we said last week, as an organization committed to using the power of the law to [...]

306, 2020

Can’t Stay Home, Can’t Keep Curfew

By |June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

Can’t Stay Home, Can’t Keep Curfew: People Experiencing Homelessness Caught in Pandemic, Curfews, Violence National Advocates Renew Call for Housing Safety FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona Communications Associate cletona@nlchp.org (June 2, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – People experiencing homelessness in the United States—already at heightened risk and with fewer resources due to the pandemic—now face [...]

206, 2020

Statement on Recent Killings of Unarmed Black Americans

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Uncategorized|

Statement on Recent Killings of Unarmed Black Americans The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty condemns the recent brutal killings George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery—and of so many others before them. Our thoughts are with their families, their friends, and their communities. We know this violence has caused tremendous pain to Black Americans and other people of color across the country, [...]

1905, 2020

IJT – May 2020

By |May 19th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Newsletters|

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 [...]

1305, 2020

California Introduces First-in-the-Nation Amendment to Recognize Housing as a Human Right 

By |May 13th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

California Introduces First-in-the-Nation Amendment to Recognize Housing as a Human Right Poll Shows Majority of Californians Support FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona Communications Associate cletona@nlchp.org (May 13, 2020, Sacramento, CA) – May 11, California became the first state in the country to officially propose amending their constitution to recognize the human right to housing. President Franklin Roosevelt [...]

105, 2020

Homeless plaintiffs seek emergency federal court order

By |May 1st, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

Homeless Plaintiffs Seek Emergency Federal Court Order to Stop Towing and Impoundment of Vehicle Homes during COVID-19 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona cletona@nlchp.org (May 1, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – People living in vehicles in the City of San Diego—many with disabilities that increase the risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19—seek an emergency court order preventing the City from [...]

2304, 2020

CDC’s Prescription: Individual Housing for People Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19 and Beyond

By |April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

CDC’s Prescription: Individual Housing for People Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19 and Beyond FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona cletona@nlchp.org (April 23, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their official guidance on COVID-19 to include sheltered homeless populations, stating, “Depending on resources and staff availability, non-group housing options (such as [...]

1604, 2020

GLOBAL STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY AND ACTION

By |April 16th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Uncategorized|

GLOBAL STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY AND ACTIONTO #ProtectTheUnhoused FROM COVID-19 The associations together call for groups such as the homeless, migrants, whether housed or not, and other groups who have to survive in precarious conditions to be priority groups for screening at Covid-19, given their high vulnerability. These men and women run a real risk of being contaminated by the virus and their precarious living environment is an aggravating [...]

2703, 2020

CARES Act Provides Some COVID-19 Protections For Homeless Populations, But There Is More To Do

By |March 27th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

CARES Act Provides Some COVID-19 Protections For Homeless Populations, But There Is More To Do FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona 202-638-2535 x 109 cletona@nlchp.org (March 27, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – Today, the House of Representatives passed the CARES Act, ensuring—amongst other provisions—that our unhoused neighbors are protected and that those at risk [...]

2403, 2020

A Message From Our Founder

By |March 24th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Uncategorized|

A Message From Our Founder Dear Friends— I hope you and your families are well and taking good care of yourselves. I’m writing at this unprecedented time to update you on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Law Center and on our work. Our staff is now all working remotely, and we are all working tirelessly to ensure that our unhoused neighbors [...]

2303, 2020

CDC: Housing, Not Handcuffs Is the Way to Stop COVID-19 Amongst Homeless Populations

By |March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

CDC: Housing, Not Handcuffs Is the Way to Stop COVID-19 Amongst Homeless Populations Advocates Hail First Step, Call for More Help FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona 202-638-2535 x 109 cletona@nlchp.org (March 23, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – Late Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued official guidance stating, “Unless individual housing units are available, do not clear encampments [...]

1903, 2020

Housing is a Human Right Act of 2020

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

Representatives Introduce Housing is a Human Right Act of 2020 Right to Housing Needed More than Ever with COVID-19 Threats, Say Advocates FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona 202-638-2535 x 109 cletona@nlchp.org (March 19, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introduced the Housing is a Human Right Act of 2020. The bill, co-sponsored by Representative Grace [...]

1903, 2020

IJT – March 2020

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Newsletters, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1203, 2020

Housing is the Next Step to Mitigating Coronavirus

By |March 12th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

Housing is the Next Step to Mitigating Coronavirus FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona Communications Associate 202-638-2535 x 109 cletona@nlchp.org (March 11, 2020, Washington, D.C.) – Without proper resources, people experiencing homelessness can be exceptionally vulnerable to communicable diseases—including the current outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19. The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty anticipates this virus to be not [...]

1802, 2020

IJT – February 2020

By |February 18th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Newsletters, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1302, 2020

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

By |February 13th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

502, 2020

2019 State Index on Youth Homelessness

By |February 5th, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Reports, Uncategorized, 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 [...]

502, 2020

2019 State Index on Youth Homelessness

By |February 5th, 2020|Categories: Press Releases, Uncategorized|

2019 State Index Report on Youth Homelessness Shows Progress FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crys Letona Communications Associate 202-638-2535 cletona@nlchp.org (February 5, 2020, Washington, DC) – The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (Law Center) and True Colors United are excited to announce the release of the 2019 State Index on Youth Homelessness. This is the second consecutive year [...]

3101, 2020

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

By |January 31st, 2020|Categories: Latest News, Uncategorized|

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, [...]

1612, 2019

Supreme Court Lets Martin v. Boise Stand

By |December 16th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1012, 2019

Housing Not Handcuffs 2019

By |December 10th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Reports, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

412, 2019

Statement on Appointment of Robert Marbut as Executive Director of USICH

By |December 4th, 2019|Categories: Press Releases|

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 [...]

2211, 2019

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

By |November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Press Releases, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

1911, 2019

IJT – November 2019

By |November 19th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Newsletters, 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: 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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