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2006, 2017

Communities Count People Experiencing Homelessness

June 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

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 in force to help. This is a good thing: it shows how much people care about their fellow Americans who [...]

1603, 2016

Moving Forward in 2017 – How You Can Help

March 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

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. Endorse and get involved in our Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign and invite others to do so as well by publicizing it. Speak [...]

1503, 2016

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

March 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

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!

WHAT WE DO

And Why It Matters

The Law Center works in a variety of arenas to help the nation’s 3.5 million people who are experiencing homelessness and its many inhumane effects.

The number one cause of homelessness is lack of affordable housing. The number of renters with extremely low incomes far surpasses the number of available affordable rental units. A 2012 study found only 5.8 million rental units affordable to the more than 10 million households that identify as extremely low income. After paying rent and utilities, 75% of those households end up with less than half of their income to pay for necessities such as food, medicine, transportation, or childcare.

We are the only national legal group dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness. We expand access to affordable housing, meet the immediate and long-term needs of those who are homeless or at risk, and strengthen the social safety-net through

  1.     Policy advocacy;
  2.     Public education;
  3.     Impact litigation; and
  4.     Advocacy training and support

We believe all human beings have the right to a basic standard of living that includes safe, affordable housing, healthcare, and freedom from discrimination and cruelty.

Our proven method of first-rate legal advocacy on issues of housing and homelessness has a tremendous impact.

  • People experiencing homelessness in the Ninth Circuit can now rest without fearing arrest due to a successful ruling in Martin v. Boise.
  • Since launching the #IAskForHelpBecause effort as part of the Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign, nearly 60 cities have repealed or ceased enforcement of bans on panhandling, protecting the First Amendment-protected right to ask for help.
  • We ensure homeless students’ right to education under the McKinney-Vento Act through impact litigation, training, and resources.

Our work is not finished until every person has a safe, permanent place to call home. And your support is crucial. In 2017, the Law Center leveraged over $6 million in donated legal services, which means every dollar you donate is multiplied six times over. And there are many ways to give:

  • Financial contributions can be made at www.nlchp.org/donate.
  • Shopping on Amazon? You can help the Law Center at no cost to you! If you shop at this link and select the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, AmazonSmile donates a portion of your total purchase to the Law Center. Learn more here.
  • With the click of a button, your daily purchases can make a positive impact on others at no cost to you. If you shop online, iGive organizes thousands of different donation policies at many of your favorite stores to make them applicable to your purchases. Learn more here, or go directly to the iGive page.
  • Law firms interested in providing pro bono legal services, please visit www.nlchp.org/leap.
  • Check for volunteer opportunities here.

“We challenge laws that punish people for homelessness and poverty, and that make it even harder for them to find housing and jobs.”

Founder & Executive Director, Maria Foscarinis

IN OUR TEAM’S OWN WORDS

“My family suffered terribly during the German occupation of Greece in World War II, and as a child I heard my parents’ stories of starvation, deprivation and loss—as well as courageous resistance—on an almost nightly basis. I wanted to use the relative privilege of my life to fight for a world where no one has to suffer the injustice of dire poverty.” 

Maria Foscarinis, Founder and Executive Director

“As the daughter of a disabled father and an immigrant mother, I grew up poor and I know well the barriers to success imposed by poverty. I became a public interest attorney, and the Housing Program Director at the Law Center, to break down those barriers and to provide every person – people just like me – with the chance to thrive.”

Tristia Bauman, Senior Attorney

“We have the resources to ensure everyone has a safe and secure home. Having a place to live provides the foundation to address so many other issues.”

Lisa DeBone, Development & Communications Associate

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