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No Safe Place
The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities

Despite the fact that communities all over the country lack adequate affordable housing and shelter space, cities are continuing to penalize people forced to live on our streets and in public spaces. Criminalization measures often prohibit activities like as sleeping/camping, eating, sitting, and/or begging in public spaces and include criminal penalties for violations of these laws. Some cities have even enacted restrictions that punish groups and individuals for serving food to homeless people. Many of these measures appear to be designed to move homeless persons out of sight, or even out of a given city. No Safe Place, the Law Center’s eleventh report on the criminalization of homelessness, provides an analysis of the criminalization measures in place across the country, examples of constructive alternatives, and recommendations to policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels. 

No Safe Place: Advocacy Manual
This manual is a resource for legal and policy advocates seeking to challenge laws that criminalize homelessness, as well as community officials searching for ways to address homelessness, with a model for police protocol.

     Additional Resources:
              Recorded webinar & slides
Slides from "Combating the Criminalization of Homelessness", NAEH conference, July 2014
     Previous Reports & Resources
              Criminalizing Crisis (2011)
 Report & Advocacy Manual
              Constructive Alternatives to Criminalizing Homelessness (2013) webinar slides

Racial Discrimination in Housing and Homelessness in the United States
A Report to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and Los Angeles Community Action Network filed this report, endorsed by over two dozen organizations and individuals, with the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, calling on the Committee to express its concern and to recommend that the United States take the steps necessary to reduce racially discriminatory violations of housing rights as part of the process leading up to the review of the United States on its compliance with is obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

Homeless Persons Access to Injustice Fact Sheet
This fact sheet, describing the challenges faced by many homeless persons in their encounters with the criminal justice system, was presented at the April 1st, 2014 consultation on Access to Justice to over fifty representatives from the Departments of Justice, State, Housing & Urban Development, and the White House Office of Domestic Policy Council. 

From Wrongs to Rights
The Case for Homeless Bill of Rights Legislation

There is a new legislative tool gaining momentum across the country: homeless bills of rights. This report surveys the common rights violations experienced by homeless Americans, describes homeless bills of rights enacted and proposed in several states, and provides advocates with guidance for pursuing similar legislation in their states. 
     Additional ResourcesFrom Wrongs to Rights recorded webinar & slides.

A Place at the Table
Prohibitions on Sharing Food with People Experiencing Homelessness

Uncomfortable with visible homelessness in their communities and influenced by myths about homeless people’s food access, cities use food sharing restrictions to move homeless people out of sight, an action that often exacerbates the challenges people experiencing homelessness face each day just to survive. This report focuses on ordinances, policies, and tactics that discourage or prohibit individuals and groups from sharing food with homeless persons. The report also highlights constructive alternatives to food sharing restrictions, in the form of innovative programs that both adults and youth are implementing to share food with people experiencing homelessness in their communities.
Alone Without A Home
A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth

Each year, an estimated 1.6 million children and youth (ages 12-17) experience homelessness without a parent or guardian. unaccompanied homeless youth face numerous legal barriers that often complicate their attempts to meet the basic necessities of life on their own and prevent them from reaching out for assistance to state agencies and service providers that could otherwise help them. This report reviews the state of current law in 12 key issue areas that affect the lives and future prospects of unaccompanied homeless youth in all 50 U.S. states and 6 territories.

Photo Identification Barriers Faced by Homeless Persons
The Impact of September 11

Photo identification is a necessity in modern daily life. Many homeless persons, however, lack photo identification because of the difficulty of maintaining important documents while homeless. People without photo identification have difficulty accessing the critical services and benefits that help move people out of poverty. After September 11, 2001, homeless persons face additional, significant barriers when they lack a photo ID. 

An Ounce of Prevention
Programs to Prevent Homelessness in 25 States

This 2009 report summarizes homelessness prevention programs that reflect a range of approaches state government agencies or instrumentalities are using to assist individuals and families who experience unexpected or uncontrollable financial crises.

Jeremy Rosen, Policy Director, on "A Public Affair", discussing voter ID issues
This program aired on 12/03/13 on WORT FM, Madison, Wisconsin.
Please click below to listen to the program.