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 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.
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.
HUD's Funding Application and Criminalization: What To Know
For the fourth time since 2015, the HUD funding application will offer additional points to communities that document their steps to combat the criminalization of homelessness. The Law Center will publish a toolkit on July 18 and host a webinar discussing communities' response to this question and next steps. Register for the webinar 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.