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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. 

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.

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Civil Rights Groups Challenge Greensboro’s Unconstitutional Panhandling Ordinance