IN THE NEWS
Criminalization of Homelessness in the U.S. Criticized by United Nations
States Classify Attacks Against Homeless As 'Hate Crimes' To Curb Rising Violence
U.S. Has "Much Left To Do" On Racism: Segregation Worse Now Than In 70s
Trying To Live, Trying To Learn
Crafting Innovative Anti-discrimination Policies Using Human Rights
No Safe Place: How Cities Are Making It Illegal To Be Homeless
Talk Poverty, August 11, 2014
Homelessness Now A Crime In Cities Throughout the U.S.
This year at the 16th annual McKinney-Vento Awards we will be honoring Aleah Green. Despite many accomplishments in life, Ms. Green and her 5 year old son became homeless. After Shiloh was denied the right to go to school, Ms. Green took action and called the Law Center. He was enrolled immediately, and received the appropriate special education services. Her story exemplifies the power of the law to change lives.
16th Annual McKinney-Vento Awards
Find out how to join us on September 30th!
Great Win for Survivors of Domestic Violence
It is reported that domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness among women. One ordinance in Norristown, PA encouraged landlords to evict tenants if the tenant has called for police assistance three or more times in a four month period, forcing those experiencing domestic violence onto the street. As a result of one recent lawsuit, the city voted to repeal the ordinance.
IN JUST TIMES
Our monthly newsletter highlights our latest stories, impact and updates in our mission to change laws and change lives.
Read Our August 2014 In Just Times
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.