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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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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. 

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. 
20th Annual McKinney-Vento Awards 
Thank you to all who joined us in honoring leaders in the fight to end homelessness. It was an inspirational and energizing evening. Check out photos and hear Congressman Cummings' remarks. Also, it's not too late to show your support!

Tell the Administration: Public Charge Rule for Immigrant Families is Harmful
The public charge rule proposed by the Trump Administration would be damaging to the fabric of society. Punishing families in need of a home, food, or healthcare is poor policy. The rule will be open for public comment until December 10Here's what you need to know
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New Report: Serving and Protecting? Survey Results on Homeless New Yorkers' Experience with Law Enforcement

In January of 2018, the Law Center partnered with volunteers from Goldman Sachs Pro Bono Committee, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP to conduct a survey of people experiencing homelessness in New York City, specifically their interactions with law enforcement. Read the report here.

Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign Demands Repeal of Panhandling Bans

On August 28, the Law Center and partners of the Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign launched a nationwide effort to strike down bans on panhandling. Advocates in a dozen states are demanding more than 200 cities repeal panhandling bans and redirect resources to housing. Learn more here

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