April, 2021 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— The National Homelessness Law Center team welcomes our newest member, Antonia Fasanelli, back to the Law Center as our Executive Director. As we embark on this journey, we look forward to growing as an organization and sharing this growth with you. Our growth will include a renewed commitment to become anti-racist. We use this occasion to reflect on the role of the legal community and of nonprofits – including our own organization – in upholding attributes of white [...]
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Homeless Persons Cannot Be Punished for Sleeping in Absence of Alternatives, 9th Circuit Decision EstablishesHomeless Law2022-06-29T10:45:46-04:00
Homeless Persons Cannot Be Punished for Sleeping in Absence of Alternatives, 9th Circuit Decision Establishes NLCHP Contact: Cassidy Waskowicz Acting Director of Development & Communications firstname.lastname@example.org 202-638-2535 ext 105 (April 1, 2019, Boise, Idaho) – Tonight, people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in the west coast states of the Ninth Circuit can sleep more safely, without facing criminal punishment for simply trying to survive on the streets. Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an en banc petition by the city of Boise in Martin v. Boise (formerly Bell v. Boise), leaving in place its September 2018 ruling that homeless [...]
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 email@example.com (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. Department of Justice Opens Civil Rights Investigation into Phoenix Police Department FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karianna Barr [...]
2022 Right to Housing Forum Videos & Materials Hello and thank you for your interest in viewing the videos and materials from our Right to Housing Forum held on November 16-17 in Washington D.C.! This page includes recordings of most of our sessions along with any materials offered, only excluding those with sensitive strategy planning that we aren't ready to make public. We hope that you leave with a deeper understanding of the issues and policies that contribute to homelessness and with a passion to fight for a human right to housing for all! Day [...]
January 2020 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— Happy 2020! Here’s to a great new year for all of us, and for our work to end the injustice of homelessness. I want to share highlights of our plans for the new year: We will work to implement our landmark victory in Martin v. Boise. We had an exciting end to 2019 when the Supreme Court decided not to hear Boise v. Martin, letting stand the Ninth Circuit ruling, which ensures that no one experiencing homelessness can [...]
Ninth Circuit Upholds & Clarifies Homeless Persons’ Right to Survive in Absence of Housing Court Reiterates Martin v. Boise Holding that Civil and Criminal Punishments for Homelessness are Cruel & Unusual FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 29, 2022 Media Contact: Erika Lopez (202)638-2535 x110 | firstname.lastname@example.org (September 29, 2022, Washington, DC) – On September 28, people experiencing homelessness in Grants Pass, Oregon—and across the Ninth Circuit—could breathe a sigh of relief as their right to survive in the absence of adequate housing was reaffirmed. The U.S. Ninth [...]
Right to Housing Forum Schedule and Links Hello and thank you for attending our Right to Housing Forum! This page will act as your virtual schedule and allow you to enter the breakout session of your choice with the zoom link provided if you are attending virtually, and will have room locations if you are attending in person. We hope that you leave our forum with a deeper understanding of the issues and policies that contribute to homelessness and with a passion to fight for a human right to housing for all. Remote attorneys seeking [...]
November 2019 SUBSCRIBE Dear Friends— I’m writing during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, and just before our annual McKinney-Vento Awards event—which also aims to raise awareness as well as funds to support our work for solutions. These events are critical reminders. But homelessness is a crisis every day and night of the year: Each year, one in 10 young adults aged 18-25 experiences homelessness, with Black LBGTQ youth experiencing the highest rates. During the 2016-17 school year—the latest for which we have this [...]
Washington, DC, December 10, 2018 – Today, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty joined the close to 190,000 other commenters in submitting a comment opposing the proposed "public charge rule," that will prevent immigrant families from pursuing permanent legal residency if they or someone in their household legally uses assistance through certain federal programs including housing and nutrition programs. Washington, DC, December 10, 2018 – Today, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty joined the close to 190,000 other commenters in submitting a comment opposing the proposed "public charge rule," that will prevent immigrant families from pursuing permanent [...]
Washington, D.C., December 20, 2017 – The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released a new report, Tent City USA: The Growth of America's Homeless Encampments and How Communities are Responding, reviewing the rapid growth of homeless people living in tents across the United States over the pasts decade, as measured by documentation in media reports. Washington, D.C., December 6, 2017 – In response to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) release of its 2017 point-in-time (PIT) count of the homeless population in the United States, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the Law Center) released a [...]