The #IAskForHelpBecause Campaign
The landmark Norton v. Springfield case in 2015 set a precedent that deems most panhandling laws on the books today unconstitutional. Since that time, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty has worked together with its partners to get communities to repeal their anti-panhandling ordinances.
In 2018 The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty initiated the #IAskForHelpBecause campaign to help humanize those who need to ask for help while advocating for their constitutional right to do so. The #IAskForHelpBecause campaign uses legal and organizing partners to stop the enforcement of unconstitutional panhandling ordinances and to promote more constructive approaches to addressing the hunger and homelessness that creates the need for panhandling.