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 [...]
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.
2020 Know-Your-Rights Toolkit for Unaccompanied Youth & Families Who Lack Stable Housing Homelessness is traumatic, especially for children, who lose their neighborhood, friendships, routines, and even school. And during COVID-19, homelessness can have even more dire consequences for families. But the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act protects youth’s right to stay in their school. The Law Center has updated our toolkits for families experiencing homelessness— including those doubled up with others after losing their own housing—that address the education rights of their children, which are protected under federal law. View the full report here. [...]
Submission to HUD on the proposed amendment to the Equal Access Rule - 2020 The Law Center submitted a comment to HUD on their proposed rule entitled “Making Admission or Placement Determinations Based on Sex in Facilities Under Community Planning and Development Housing Programs.” The Law Center believes the proposed rule directly conflicts with the McKinney-Vento Act as it would severely harm many students, especially LGBTQ+ youth, whose educational stability and success rely on safe shelter conforming with their gender. View the full comment here.
2019 State Index on Youth Homelessness Each year, True Colors United and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty collaborate to research, analyze, and publish an annual State Index on Youth Homelessness (the Index) that measures, scores and reports on the systems, environment, and laws of all states as they relate to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The Index paints a broad picture of where states currently stand in these categories and how they can collectively and individually improve their measures to end and prevent youth homelessness. The Index also provides an assessment of all [...]
Housing Not Handcuffs 2019 Housing is a human right. While three-quarters of Americans agree that housing is a human right, and an increasing number of elected officials are addressing it as such, our country has not put in place the policies to ensure that right, and as a consequence, millions of Americans experience homelessness in a national crisis that gets worse each year. Many people experiencing homelessness have no choice but to live outside, yet cities routinely punish or harass unhoused people for their presence in public places. Nationwide, people without housing are ticketed, arrested, [...]
Washington DC Homeless Youth Handbook, 2019 The Homeless Youth Handbook is a guide for homeless youth with information about your rights, responsibilities, and resources in every major aspect of your life. Each Handbook is created based upon State specific law – look for the Handbook for the State you live in for additional help and information. View the full resource here or download it here.
Alone Without a Home 2019 This report provides a state-by-state review of laws in 13 key issue areas that affect the lives of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness. Topics include status offenses, emancipation statutes, health care access, consent and confidentiality statutes, and juvenile justice system statutes. It also offers an overview of the range of approaches taken by jurisdictions and the relative prevalence of these approaches and includes detailed indexes where advocates can find the relevant laws in their state or jurisdiction. Importantly, the report also provides recommendations for policy changes in each of the 13 [...]