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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. 

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Just Released: State Index on Youth Homelessness
The Law Center and the True Colors Fund released the State Index on Youth Homelessness, a first-of-its-kind resource that evaluates all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. Read our press release, view the online interactive map, and read the full report.

The state index received media coverage in the Associated PressVariety MagazineBillboard Magazine, and the Washington Post. Special thanks to the Raikes Foundation, Latham & Watkins LLP, The Carlyle Group, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and DLA Piper LLP for their contributions to the report. 

Photos from the 2018 National Forum on the Human Right to Housing
Over 150 advocates gathered in Washington, D.C., to attend the 2018 National Forum on the Human Right to Housing on June 27 hosted by Sidley Austin LLP. Photos are available on the Law Center's Facebook, and follow #Right2HousingForum on Twitter for updates. 
HUD Funding Application Encourages Decriminalization
Use the Law Center's latest resource to learn how your community's efforts to decriminalize homelessness increase your eligibility for HUD funding. 

Maria Foscarinis Shares Lessons from the Reagan Years
In an article recently published by the American Bar Association, Executive Director Maria Foscarinis shares strategies to address homelessness in the Trump Era, drawing from lessons learned in early advocacy of the 1980s, when homelessness was first becoming a national crisis.  
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HuffPost Op-Ed: Homelessness Can't Be Solved With Fines & Arrests

In her piece "Homelessness Can't Be Solved With Fines And Arrests," Law Center Executive Director Maria Foscarinis discusses the harmful effects of using law enforcement as a first response to homelessness, setting forth constructive alternatives to criminalization. 

Law Center Challenges Greensboro's Unconstitutional Panhandling Ordinance

The Law Center is joining the ACLU of North Carolina and Legal Aid of North Carolina in representing three homeless people in a federal lawsuit seeking to block a Greensboro ordinance that violates free speech, equal protection, and due process rights of people who ask for contributions in public places in the city. Read the full press release here