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.
The Law Center and the Center for Social Innovation urge the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to resume enforcement of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing requirement of the Fair Housing Act and require program participants to submit Assessment of Fair Housing submissions in accordance with the timelines and procedures laid out in the governing regulation. Read the full letter.
Tent City USA: The Growth of America's Homeless Encampments and How Communities are Responding
Our Tent City USA report documents the apparent rapid growth of encampments of people experiencing homelessness or "tent cities" across the United States and the legal and policy responses to that growth, including constructive alternatives to encampment evictions or sweeps.
Register now for the National Forum on the Human Right to Housing! Join the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty at this year's Forum, on June 27 in Washington, D.C., hosted by Sidley Austin LLP. We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be Leilani Farha, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Housing. Our focus will be on furthering the Housing Not Handcuffs campaign, bringing key voices to the table including those currently or formerly experiencing homelessness, grassroots advocates, legal advocates, elected officials, and others. View the full agenda here. Registration is now open; any revenue from ticket sales will go directly toward funding the attendance of those unable to contribute financially. If you would like a complimentary ticket, please register here.
Housing Not Handcuffs: Finding Alternatives to Criminalization
Our Housing Not Handcuffsreport shows that the criminalization of homelessness is increasing. Our campaign with the same name is focused on constructive alternatives. Learn more about the campaign, here. Read about the Law Center on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmentwebsitehere.
What We Do
We use the power of the law to end homelessness by:
Advocating for families and individuals that need access to housing
Ensuring homeless children have access to school
Protecting the human and civil rights and dignity of all
We advocated on behalf of two young homeless girls who were about to be thrown out of school—simply because their family was homeless. We ensured that the girls could continue their education and access the meals they received in school.