IN THE NEWS
KOMO News, July 28, 2014
Homelessness Now A Crime In Cities Throughout the U.S.
PBS NewsHour, July 19, 2014
Shunting the Homeless From Sight
With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime
Report: More Cities Pass Laws That Hurt The Homeless
More Cities Are Basically Making It Illegal To Be Homeless
Huffington Post, July 16, 2014
It Is Illegal For Homeless People To Sit On The Sidewalk In More Than Half Of U.S. Cities
ThinkProgress, July 16, 2014
In June, 2013, Ms. Green called the Law Center for help. Green had been unemployed since 2010 and had since depleted her savings and 40lk, and was saddled with student loan debt. Subsequently, Green and her 5-year-old son had to move in with her mother. When she tried to enroll her son at a neighborhood school, which offered the speech therapy he needed, the school denied her request because she could not provide proof of residency. The Law Center intervened and advocated on behalf of her son under the McKinney-Vento Act. Within a week, we're happy to report that he was enrolled in kindergarten and his special education needs were met!
More U.S. Cities
Making It "Illegal to
The Law Center's new report, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities, details a startling rise in laws criminalizing homelessness across America - more and more U.S. cities are criminally punishing homeless people for engaging in necessary, life-sustaining activity in public places, even when they have no other options. The report recommends several constructive alternatives to criminalization, including increased investment in affordable housing and improved police training and practices.
IN JUST TIMES
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WHAT WE DO
We use the power of the law to end homelessness by:
Leveraging millions of dollars in donated legal services, we advocate, educate, and litigate. Since 1989, we have been changing lives, strengthening communities, and advancing rights.
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To learn more about what we do, read our Funders Together to End Homelessness post and our 2013 accomplishments!
We challenge laws that punish people for homelessness and poverty, and that make it even harder for them to find housing and jobs. And, we uphold the right of homeless people to vote—and to influence decisions that affect their lives.