30 11, 2021

First National Study of State Laws Criminalizing Homelessness Released

2021-12-01T08:46:18-05:00

First National Study of State Laws Criminalizing Homelessness Released Widespread Criminalization of Sheltering, Camping, and Other Means of Survival FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sam Scarrow 215-264-3252 scarrow@voicesforciviljustice.org (December 1, 2021, Washington, D.C.) – The National Homelessness Law Center (Law Center) today released the first national study on state laws criminalizing homelessness. Housing Not Handcuffs 2021: State Law Supplement shows that states are increasingly targeting homeless people with criminal penalties and incarceration for such acts of survival as public sleeping, camping and asking for charity.  Key findings of this research include: Almost [...]

First National Study of State Laws Criminalizing Homelessness Released2021-12-01T08:46:18-05:00
18 08, 2021

Department of Justice Opens Civil Rights Investigation into Phoenix Police Department

2021-08-18T12:25:52-05:00

Department of Justice Opens Civil Rights Investigation into Phoenix Police Department   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 kbarr@nlchp.org (August 18, 2021, Washington, D.C.) – On Thursday, August 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it will investigate incidents of excessive use of force, unlawful seizure and destruction of personal property, and other civil rights abuses against people experiencing homelessness by the Phoenix, AZ police department.   According to local activists, this discrimination has taken place not only in the City of Phoenix, but also more broadly in Maricopa County, [...]

Department of Justice Opens Civil Rights Investigation into Phoenix Police Department2021-08-18T12:25:52-05:00
29 07, 2021

Unhoused Bill of Rights Introduced by Representative Cori Bush (MO-01)

2021-07-29T10:43:24-05:00

Unhoused Bill of Rights Introduced by Representative Cori Bush (MO-01) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 kbarr@nlchp.org (July 29, 2021, Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Cori Bush (MO-01) unveiled the Unhoused Bill of Rights, the “first federal resolution to declare unalienable rights for unhoused persons and provide solutions to permanently end the crisis by 2025.”  The National Homelessness Law Center (the Law Center) is grateful to have worked with Representative Bush to develop the Unhoused Bill of Rights and is proud to officially endorse the [...]

Unhoused Bill of Rights Introduced by Representative Cori Bush (MO-01)2021-07-29T10:43:24-05:00
15 06, 2021

Housing is a Human Right Act of 2021 Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

2021-06-15T12:54:29-05:00

Housing is a Human Right Act of 2021 Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 kbarr@nlchp.org (June, 14, 2021, Washington, D.C.) – On June 8, U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Grace Meng (NY-06), introduced the Housing is a Human Right Act of 2021, a bill to “address and end root causes of homelessness; transition communities towards providing housing for all; and ensure full democratic participation of persons experiencing homelessness.” The National Homeless Law Center is proud to have [...]

Housing is a Human Right Act of 2021 Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives2021-06-15T12:54:29-05:00
23 02, 2021

2020 State Index on Youth Homelessness is Released

2021-09-02T08:42:05-05:00

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 kbarr@nlchp.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 [...]

2020 State Index on Youth Homelessness is Released2021-09-02T08:42:05-05:00
8 02, 2021

Settlement Reached in Groundbreaking Martin v. Boise case

2021-09-02T08:42:14-05:00

Settlement Reached in Groundbreaking Martin v. Boise case FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr Director of Development & Communications 202-638-2535 kbarr@nlchp.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 [...]

Settlement Reached in Groundbreaking Martin v. Boise case2021-09-02T08:42:14-05:00
8 02, 2021

Joint Statement on Settlement Reached in Groundbreaking Martin v. Boise case

2021-02-08T15:08:04-05:00

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 kbarr@nlchp.org Idaho Legal Aid Services Howard Belodoff, Associate Director, 208-807-2323, howardbelodoff@idaholegalaid.org Latham & Watkins LLP Jessica Allen, Communications Manager — Public Service & Sustainability, 212-906-2983, jessica.allen@lw.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 [...]

Joint Statement on Settlement Reached in Groundbreaking Martin v. Boise case2021-02-08T15:08:04-05:00
4 02, 2021

National Homelessness Law Center Names Antonia Fasanelli as New Executive Director

2021-09-02T08:42:23-05:00

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 nlchp@nlchp.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 [...]

National Homelessness Law Center Names Antonia Fasanelli as New Executive Director2021-09-02T08:42:23-05:00
4 12, 2020

Settlement Reached With City Of Montgomery In Lawsuit Challenging Criminalization Of People Asking For Assistance

2021-09-02T08:42:34-05:00

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 kbarr@nlchp.org 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 [...]

Settlement Reached With City Of Montgomery In Lawsuit Challenging Criminalization Of People Asking For Assistance2021-09-02T08:42:34-05:00
19 10, 2020

National Homelessness and Housing Organizations Respond to USICH Report

2021-09-02T08:42:50-05:00

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 [...]

National Homelessness and Housing Organizations Respond to USICH Report2021-09-02T08:42:50-05:00
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