Texas House Bill 1925/ Senate Bill 987 Fact Sheet Homelessness in Texas is a serious issue that deserves serious attention. Texas is home to tens of thousands of homeless families and individuals who do not have access to affordable housing or even safe and adequate shelter, and who instead must live outdoors until housing is available to them. Many more Texans face housing instability and are at-risk of homelessness as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent deep freeze, past hurricanes, and other crises. Rather than offer needed solutions, HB 1925 / SB 987 [...]
Hotel Rooms, Not Hospital Beds: Protecting People Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 PandemicKarianna Barr2021-03-18T09:59:56-05:00
Hotel Rooms, Not Hospital Beds: Protecting People Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020 Across the country, local governments continue to sweep encampments and propose ordinances that would criminalize people experiencing homelessness. But there are resources available. Since March 2020, FEMA has recognized that providing non-congregate shelter for people experiencing homelessness is a powerful public health response to combat the spread of COVID-19. In February 2021, FEMA expanded the available reimbursement for communities providing non-congregate housing. View the full resource page here.
2020 State Index on Youth Homelessness The National Homelessness Law Center (the Law Center) and True Colors United are excited to announce the release of the 2020 State Index on Youth Homelessness. The State Index on Youth Homelessness ranks and scores laws and policies related to preventing and addressing youth homelessness in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This is the third consecutive year that this report evaluates all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. View the interactive website here and download the [...]
2020 State Index on Youth Homelessness is Released The District of Columbia, Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California top list in third annual rankings FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 firstname.lastname@example.org (February 23, 2021, Washington, DC) – The National Homelessness Law Center (the Law Center) and True Colors United are excited to announce the release of the 2020 State Index on Youth Homelessness. This is the third consecutive year that these two organizations have come together to evaluate all 50 states and the District of Columbia on [...]
Settlement Reached in Groundbreaking Martin v. Boise case FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 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 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 [...]
National Homelessness Law Center Names Antonia Fasanelli as New Executive Director Antonia Fasanelli will succeed Maria Foscarinis as Executive Director on April 1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 firstname.lastname@example.org (February 4, 2021, Washington, D.C.) – Last summer, the National Homelessness Law Center (the Law Center) launched a national search for their next Executive Director, and is pleased to announce that long-time friend of the organization and homeless and housing rights advocate Antonia Fasanelli has been named. Antonia comes to the Law Center [...]
Settlement Reached With City Of Montgomery In Lawsuit Challenging Criminalization Of People Asking For AssistanceKarianna Barr2021-09-02T08:42:34-05:00
Settlement Reached with City Of Montgomery in Lawsuit Challenging Criminalization of People Asking for Assistance FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 email@example.com City Will No Longer Fine, Jail People for Panhandling (November 24, 2020, MONTGOMERY, AL) – In a settlement announced today, the city of Montgomery has agreed that it will immediately stop arresting or ticketing people who panhandle. The settlement serves as a resolution to a lawsuit filed in February by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), ACLU of Alabama, and the National Homelessness Law [...]
Practical Tips for Avoiding Or Reducing The Risks Of The Training Executive Order (EO 13950) - 2020 On September 22, 2020, President Trump issued Executive Order 13950 on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (“EO 13950”). The Law Center believes that this action is unconstitutional, and legal challenges are already underway. In the meantime, we offer these practical tips for housing and homelessness prevention organizations who receive federal funding and may be affected by the order. View the full guidance here.
National Homelessness and Housing Organizations Respond to USICH Report 10 national organizations, representing advocates and leaders in national efforts to end homelessness, released the following statement: Today, the Trump administration’s United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released a document that purports to lay out a plan to address homelessness. This is a plan in name only. It does not contain the interventions proven to reduce and end homelessness, which have been embraced by administrations on both sides of the aisle. The vast majority of what has been proposed cannot be implemented by the agency. The document [...]
Court Declares Florida Statutes Unconstitutional FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: National Homelessness Law Center Karianna Barr, Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 ext. 118 firstname.lastname@example.org Southern Legal Counsel Nancy Kinnally, Media Relations Consultant (407) 375-2264 email@example.com U.S. District Court declares Statutes prohibiting unpermitted charitable solicitation on Florida roadways unconstitutional under the First Amendment and issues permanent injunction (October 15, 2020, Jacksonville, FL) – In a major First Amendment victory, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has declared Florida Statutes 316.2045 and 337.406—which prohibit the solicitation of charitable contributions on [...]