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28 02, 2019

IJT – February 2019

2021-12-17T06:16:59-05:00

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 the U.S. homeless population. The disproportionate racial impact of poverty alone does not explain this even greater discrepancy within homelessness. Discriminatory laws, policies, and attitudes—structural racism—drive the disproportionate representation of African [...]

IJT – February 20192021-12-17T06:16:59-05:00
13 02, 2019

Advocacy Groups Take Legal Action on Florida Panhandling Bans

2019-02-13T21:21:39-05:00

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 of Florida statutes that prohibit individuals from soliciting charitable contributions on public streets and sidewalks without a local government permit but exempt charitable organizations from the permit requirements and other restrictions. [...]

Advocacy Groups Take Legal Action on Florida Panhandling Bans2019-02-13T21:21:39-05:00
12 02, 2019

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

2019-04-11T15:54:53-05:00

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@homelesslaw.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 800,000 federal government employees currently furloughed or working without pay miss their second paycheck today, some will be unable to pay their rent or mortgage--putting them and their families at risk [...]

As Shutdown Puts Families at Risk of Homelessness, Federal Law Protects Children’s School Rights2019-04-11T15:54:53-05:00
10 10, 2018

Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign Demands Repeal of Panhandling Bans

2018-10-10T20:51:28-05:00

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.

Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign Demands Repeal of Panhandling Bans2018-10-10T20:51:28-05:00
10 10, 2018

Victory in the 9th Circuit! 

2018-10-10T20:50:19-05:00

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.

Victory in the 9th Circuit! 2018-10-10T20:50:19-05:00
10 10, 2018

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

2019-04-11T19:21:35-05:00

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.

Photos from the 2018 National Forum on the Human Right to Housing2019-04-11T19:21:35-05:00
10 10, 2018

Just Released: State Index on Youth Homelessness

2018-10-10T20:46:51-05:00

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 Carlyle Group, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and DLA Piper LLP for their contributions to the report. Click here to download and read the report.

Just Released: State Index on Youth Homelessness2018-10-10T20:46:51-05:00
20 06, 2017

Communities Count People Experiencing Homelessness

2021-12-17T06:17:52-05:00

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 are without one of the most basic necessities of life: a [...]

Communities Count People Experiencing Homelessness2021-12-17T06:17:52-05:00
16 03, 2016

Moving Forward in 2017 – How You Can Help

2021-12-17T06:17:24-05:00

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 out. Please contact your representatives in government. Contact your Senators and [...]

Moving Forward in 2017 – How You Can Help2021-12-17T06:17:24-05:00
15 03, 2016

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

2021-12-17T06:17:39-05:00

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!

Top 5 Threats to People Experiencing Homelessness: What the Trump Election Could Mean to the Most Vulnerable2021-12-17T06:17:39-05:00
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