This report details the relationship between renters' rights, evictions, and homelessness and provides recommendations for improving housing security among vulnerable populations. (2018)
Additional resources: View the recorded webinar here and download the Powerpoint presentation here.
Public Property / Public Need
A Toolkit for Using Vacant Federal Property to End Homelessness
This toolkit by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will help public and private non-profit service providers obtain unused federal land and real property to serve and house homeless people. Under Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Title V), local governments, state agencies, and non-profit groups that serve homeless people have a right of first refusal to certain property that is no longer needed by the federal government. The federal government will convey these properties by deed or lease to successful applicants for free. This toolkit provides an overview of the Title V program, and answers many commonly asked questions about how to identify and successfully apply for available properties. (2017)
How Surplus Property Can Prevent and End Homelessness
This report discusses Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which allows vacant federal property to be used, for free, by eligible groups who provide housing or services to homeless persons. Protecting and expanding the ability of homeless service providers to access unused federal property is a critical part of the effort to end and prevent homelessness.
There's No Place Like Home
Eviction (without) Notice
Renters and the Foreclosure Crisis
PTFA Fact Sheet
This fact sheet gives a brief overview of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.
Utilizing the Base Closure Redevelopment and Homeless Assistance Act
A Toolkit for Nonprofits
This toolkit explains the process of applying for surplus federal property to be used to provide homeless services, under the 1994 Base Closure Act.
Fair Housing Assessment Tools
The following letters explain what happen when communities criminalize homelessness or otherwise exclude people experiencing homelessness from public space: