News Coverage

October 2014

Building Momentum to Abolish Criminalization of Homelessness 
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness - 10/21/2014

Staying Poor in America
Twin Cities Daily Planet - 10/20/2014

10 Facts About Homelessness 
Huffington Post Blog - 10/13/2014

Taking Back Downtown Olympia, Part 3: Shelter from the Storm
The Olympian - 10/12/2014

Interview About Wisconsin Voter ID Law
The Rick Smith Show - 10/10/2014

It Would Actually Be Very Simple to End Homelessness Forever 
Think Progress - 10/09/2014

Record Number of Homeless Students Reported in Nevada Schools 
Elko Daily Free Press - 10/08/2014

'Homeless Bill of Rights' Wants People on Streets to Be Able to Freely Stand, Sit in Public
The Huffington Post - 10/07/2014

How We Punish People for Being Poor
Talk Poverty - 10/07/2014

SNAPS In Focus: The Case Against Laws that Criminalize Homelessness 
HUD Exchange - 10/06/2014

Alito's Heart Newsletter
Legal Bisnow - 10/03/2014

Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. Honored for Helping the Homeless
Pro Player Insiders - 10/01/2014

California City Ordinance Unfairly Targets Homeless, Advocates Say
Al Jazeera - 10/01/2014

September 2014

Former Carolina Panthers Receiver Steve Smith Honored for Philanthropy 
Charlotte Observer - 09/30/2014

Local Commissions Speak Out Against Criminalization of Homelessness - In Defense of Human Rights
Law Professor Blogs Network - 09/27/2014
Federal Appeals Court Rejects Request for Rehearing in Voter ID Case
Wisconsin State Journal - 09/27/2014

Arkansas Schools Enroll Record Number of Homeless Youth 
Stuttgart Daily Leader - 09/26/2014

Student Homelessness is on the Rise
MTV - 09/25/2014

Hurricane Sandy Created Wave of Homeless Children, Data Show - 09/25/2014

Too Many Children Battling Poverty and Homelessness 

Infographic: Criminalizing Homelessness in the US
Al Jazeera: The Stream - 09/15/2014

New Definition of Homeless Would Give Kids More Help
Deseret News - 09/15/2014

No Paradise for Homeless
Huffington Post Hawaii - 09/15/2014

Hostile Laws, Hateful Acts Bolster Stigma Against Homeless
City Limits - 09/12/2014

Burien Bans "Behavior Problems"
Real Change News - 09/10/2014

August 2014

States Classify Attacks Against Homeless As 'Hate Crimes' To Curb Rising Violence
The Huffington Post - 08/29/2017

U.S. Has "Much Left To Do" On Racism: Segregation Worse Now Than In 70s
MintPress News - 08/25/2014

Trying To Live, Trying To Learn
The Denver Post - 08/22/2014

New York City's 'Poor Door' Trend Nothing New
Huffington Post - 08/14/2014

Homelessness and the Impossibility of a Good Night's Sleep
The Atlantic - 08/14/2014

Kansas City InfoZine - 08/06/2014

IndyBay - 08/06/2014
Real Change News - 08/06/2014
Huffington Post - 08/04/2014
The Independent - 08/03/2014

July 2014
KOMO News - 07/28/2014

Next City - 07/24/2014

Planetizen - 07/23/2014

Bustle - 07/21/2014

PBS NewsHour - 07/19/2014

WLRN Miami South Florida - 07/18/2014

TakePart - 07/17/2014

Chicago Tribune - 07/17/2014

New York Times - 07/16/2014

CNN Money - 07/16/2014

NPR - 07/16/2014

USA Today - 07/16/2014

Huffington Post - 07/16/2014

ThinkProgress - 07/16/2014

Denver Post - 07/16/2014

June 2014
Washington Post - 06/26/2014

Los Angeles Times - 06/19/2014
The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit struck down a Los Angeles law preventing people from sleeping in their cars as a form of basic emergency shelter, when the City offered no other housing option. The ruling sends a clear message - that cities around the country cannot end homelessness by simply making it illegal. 

Vice - 06/08/2014
The Guardian - 06/08/2014
ThinkProgress - 06/03/2014
Honolulu's new declaration of war on homelessness is really a war on the homeless. One of the city's initiatives is a ban on sitting or lying down on sidewalks, while another proposal could prohibit public urination or defecation. The city is also increasing efforts to capture and seize homeless people's property, and arrest them on minor violations. The article quotes Maria Foscarinis, founder and executive director of the Law Center, as she describes how cruel these initiatives are.

May 2014
CNNMoney - 05/16/2014
Homeless encampments (tent cities) are emerging all over America. The article also quotes a Law Center report which documented media accounts of tent cities between 2008 and 2013; over 100 tent communities in the United States were sighted.

The Moderate Voice - 05/13/2014
The article reports on anti-food sharing laws across America, the same kind that prohibited Chico and Debbie Jimenez, a couple who had been feeding the hungry at a Daytona Beach park for over a year until they were stopped by police, who fined them for breaking an anti-food sharing city ordinance. 
eNews Park Forest - 04/29/2014
The article reports on our Wisconsin; a federal court struck down Wisconsin's strict voter ID law which disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of homeless, poor and at-risk individuals. 

DCist - 04/23/2014
On January 30th, 4,279 people were in the shelter system, the highest number all season. While the number of individual men and women shelter occupants increased tremendously, they did not do so in the amount that families did. 
Fox News - 04/22/2014
This article draws on the recent case of Alabama pastor Rick Wood -- who was ordered to stop feeding homeless people in his community -- and ties the case to the trend of criminalizing homelessness in America. Jeremy Rosen, Law Center Advocacy Director, comments on these criminalizing laws as being "part and parcel of general efforts to move [the homeless] out of cities."

USICH Blog - 04/15/2014
Wall Street Journal - 04/08/2014
The article describes how cities across the U.S., like Silicon Valley, are cracking down on vehicle dwellers who were driven out of their apartments. Maria Foscarinis, executive director at the Law Center, says there has been a boost in "laws that criminalize [homelessness]," such as bans on camping in public places and restrictions on sitting and lying on sidewalks. Advocates say cities should do more to aid homeless people, rather than prosecute them.    

March 2014
Salt Lake Tribune - 03/17/2014
Salt Lake City’s Mayor, Ralph Becker, joined the State Department delegation in Geneva to address the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) on human rights, marriage equality and homelessness. Among other things, the Committee is reviewing the practice of criminalizing homelessness in the United States. Jeremy Rosen, the Law Center's Policy Director, is quoted at length and refers to the Law Center’s report, "Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading: Homelessness in the United States Under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights" as it provides "ample reports" of such criminalization in the United States. 
Los Angeles Times - 03/08/2014
In Sonoma County, a safe parking program was created in late January where homeless people could park and sleep in their cars without being disturbed by law enforcement. The Law Center's Policy Director, Jeremy Rosen, comments on this program in the LA Times article. The program is an emergency response to freezing weather, making it one of just a handful on the West Coast.

February 2014
Washington Post - 02/07/2014
In reaction to the Post's Giving Shelter editorial which describes homelessness as a "complicated problem with no easy fix," advocates from various homeless organizations wrote a letter to the Editor offering up a simple solution to the homelessness problem: affordable housing.
January 2014
Alabama School Connection - 01/31/2014
The Law Center served as amicus curiae in the Allen V. Hoover City Schools case in the Northern District of Alabama in which the education rights of two homeless students were threatened. Lawsuits involving the McKinney-Vento Act typically settle out of court, and so, the fact that this case has gone to trial will likely have far reaching implications on the education rights of homeless students across the country. 
ThinkProgress - 01/23/2014
The homeless count needs to be taken with a grain of salt because the data could be under-counting the homeless population. The ThinkProgress article goes on to quote Maria Foscarinis, Founder and Executive Director of the Law Center, "communities have a lot of discretion in how they carry out these that can account for a lot of difference." 
USA Today - 01/16/2014
"Homelessness can and must be ended. But it won't be if our leaders report that there is no crisis." In this USA Today column, the Law Center's Executive Director, Maria Foscarinis, addresses the problems with HUD's recent report, that "says homelessness decreased by nearly 4% over the past year. But it doesn't actually measure homelessness." 
USICH Blog - 01/16/2014
Eric Tars, the Director of Human Rights and Children's Rights Programs at the Law Center, shares his vision for America in his blog post: "I want to apply the universal standards that say housing is a human right here at home, just as we promote them abroad." The blog post is part of USICH's Human Rights blog series.
USICH Blog - 01/15/2014
Maria Foscarinis, Founder & Executive Director of the Law Center, shares her family's story of homelessness and how it has motivated her to turn to the Law to make some positive change. She also assesses criminalization in her blog post, a practice which she views as exacerbating the issue of homelessness. The blog post is part of USICH's Human Rights blog series.
Asbury Park Press - 01/11/2014
Tent cities are coming down in New Jersey! The Law Center contributed to a brief on behalf of the homeless residents in the Lakewood Tent City. All of the homeless residents who participated in the court-ordered census last April are now being moved from the cold woods and into warm apartments. 

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