Joint Statement on Settlement Reached in Groundbreaking Martin v. Boise case FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: National Homelessness Law Center Karianna Barr, Director of Development & Communications, 202-638-2535 ext. 118 email@example.com Idaho Legal Aid Services Howard Belodoff, Associate Director, 208-807-2323, firstname.lastname@example.org Latham & Watkins LLP Jessica Allen, Communications Manager — Public Service & Sustainability, 212-906-2983, email@example.com Parties reach historic agreement that prevents people experiencing homelessness from being cited or arrested for sleeping outdoors when no shelter is available (February 8, 2021, Boise, Idaho) – Today, lawyers for members of Boise’s homeless [...]
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Settlement Reached in Groundbreaking Martin v. Boise case FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 firstname.lastname@example.org Parties reach historic agreement that prevents people experiencing homelessness from being cited or arrested for sleeping outdoors when no shelter is available (February 8, 2021, Boise, Idaho) – Today, lawyers representing homeless plaintiffs and the City of Boise announced a settlement in Martin v. Boise, ending over 12 years of litigation. This settlement embodies important steps towards protecting the rights of unsheltered residents in Boise—and towards real solutions to end [...]
Pro Bono at the Law Center Why Pro Bono is Important at the Law Center The National Homelessness Law Center was founded to be the hub of the national legal movement to end homelessness, combining and coordinating the strength of the public and private bar. Pro bono is an integral part of the Law Center’s mission to end homelessness in America. In fact, we could not accomplish this mission without the consistent and diligent assistance of our Pro Bono Partners. Though the Law Center’s staff is small, the mission is National in scale; therefore, we need our Pro Bono [...]
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 email@example.com (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 place earlier rulings by the 9th Circuit that homeless persons cannot be punished for sleeping outside on public property in the absence of adequate alternatives. People experiencing unsheltered homelessness—at least in [...]
Letters and Testimony A collection of letters sent or signed onto by the Law Center to support our advocacy and legal work. Letter to Governor Hobbs and Members of the Senate Commerce Committee in Opposition of AZ SCR 1011, February 7, 2023 Written on behalf of the National Homelessness Law Center (“Law Center”) to urge opposition to SCR 1011, which, if enacted, would severely threaten the constitutional rights of encampment residents by displacing them, confiscating their shelters, and destroying their personal property. And with COVID-19 posing an unique threat to homeless citizens, SCR [...]
December 2019 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— As we reach the end of 2019, a year that marked our 30th anniversary, I’m reflecting on all we accomplished. It’s been an amazing year of activism and impact, all toward our common goal of ending and preventing homelessness. We won a landmark victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Martin v. Boise, which ruled that criminally punishing homeless people for sleeping outside when there are no other options is unconstitutional. And as [...]
February, 2021 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— This Black History Month comes at a time when the disproportionate racial impact of homelessness on Black communities is finally getting attention. Black Americans make up 12% of the U.S. population, 26% of the poverty population, and over 40% of the homeless population. Their overrepresentation in poverty and homelessness is the legacy of slavery, the all-encompassing horrors of Jim Crow, intentional discrimination in housing, employment, education, and a criminal legal system that has caused the unjust mass incarceration of far [...]
Law Center in the News July 2022 WGNO (6/14/2022) The road to homelessness; how hundreds in EBR end up without permanent housing My Droll (6/12/2022) Tennessee Made Homeless Camps A Felony. Colorado Is Trying Something Else. NBC News (6/12/2022) Tennessee made homeless camps a felony. Colorado is trying something else. Alabama Political Reporter (6/11/2022) SPLC: Huntsville plan to evict homeless from encampment “threatens their health and lives” Mass Live (6/8/2022) Proposed Worcester police drone stalled at City Council over questions about using it on homeless population kbia (6/2/2022) Missouri bill banning unauthorized camping raises concerns about [...]
An Inspired Team The Law Center leverages its legal expertise and the pro bono power of the private bar in its fight to establish a right to housing in the United States. About the Law Center The National Homelessness Law Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., and seeks to serve as the legal arm of the national movement to end and prevent homelessness. We believe that the human rights to adequate housing, healthcare, food, and education lie at the heart of human dignity and we envision a world where no [...]
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 [...]