Resources

No Safe Place, The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

Imagine a world where it is illegal to sit down. Could you survive if there were no place you were allowed to fall asleep, to store your belongings, or to stand still? For most of us, these scenarios seem unrealistic to the point of being ludicrous. But, for homeless people across America, these circumstances are an ordinary part of daily life.

 

 

 

 

From Wrongs to Rights: A Case for Homeless Bill of Rights Legislation, The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

The prolonged housing crisis, a stalled economy, and a shrinking social safety net have all contributed to significant levels of homelessness across the nation. Indeed, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (“Law Center”) estimates that 3.5 million Americans—including over 1 million school-aged children— experience homelessness each year. The constitutional, civil, and human rights of these men, women, and children are routinely violated in the United States. There is a new legislative tool gaining momentum across the country, however, that can make an important difference: a homeless bill of rights.

 

 

 

 

Share No More: The Criminalization of Efforts to Feed People in Need, The National Coalition for the Homeless

In recent years, cities across the nation have established a precedent of criminalizing homelessness and pushing the problem out of sight. One method that has become more popular has been to introduce new legislation, designed with the intention of restricting individuals and groups from sharing food with people experiencing homelessness. Since January 2013 alone, 21 cities have successfully restricted the practice through legislative actions or the intensity of community pressures to cease distributing food to those in need. Over ten other cities have been found to be in the process of doing the same.

 

 

The Denver Camping Ban: A Report from the Street, Denver Homeless Out Loud

Denver’s Unauthorized Camping Ordinance (passed on May 23, 2012; hereafter called the “camping Ban”) makes it a crime for any person to shelter him or herself from the elements while residing on any public or private property, without appropriate permission.

 

 

 

Without Housing: Decades of Federal Housing Cutbacks, Massive Homelessness and Policy Failures, Western Regional Advocacy Project

Without Housing documents federal funding trends for affordable housing over the past 25 years, in particularly funding for housing programs administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as Section 515 rural affordable housing administered by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). It describes the correlation of these trends to the emergence of a new and massive episode of homelessness in the early 1980s that has continued to the present and also demonstrates why federal responses to this nationwide crisis have consistently failed.

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