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Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams commented, “We’re in a moment when the homelessness crisis is worsening, a wave of p...
05/03/2022
Public Advocate Introduces Homeless Bill of Rights Legislation to City Council - CityLand

Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams commented, “We’re in a moment when the homelessness crisis is worsening, a wave of pending evictions threatens to worsen it, and homeless individuals are being targeted, demonized, and dehumanized. Both inside and outside of shelters, unhoused people feel like they’re left without support, without options, without rights or recourse, amid a system that has failed for so long, and has left people feeling abandoned and powerless. The rights that this legislation would codify are a floor, not a ceiling. By establishing this bill of rights, we are empowering individuals, elected leaders, and organizations to hold the city accountable to those rights being protected as we continue to push for the true solution to the homelessness crisis: housing.”

https://www.citylandnyc.org/public-advocate-introduces-homeless-bill-of-rights-legislation-to-city-council/

On April 14, 2022, Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams, along with Council Members Rafael Salamanca, Tiffany Cabán, Althea Stevens, Shahana Hanif, Diana Ayala, Julie Won, Lincoln Restler, Shekar Krishnan and Crystal Hudson, introduced a first-of-its-kind Homeless Bill of Rights at the City Council ...

"...the building’s owner had to put the rent up because of the economy, but he says it comes at a time when donations ha...
04/29/2022
Tulsa homeless shelter reaches out to the community after its rent nearly doubles

"...the building’s owner had to put the rent up because of the economy, but he says it comes at a time when donations have been scarce."

Rent is too high for people to house themselves, and rent is too high for shelters to help the unhoused. Now what?

https://www.fox23.com/news/local/tulsa-homeless-shelter-reaches-out-community-after-its-rent-nearly-doubles/ZK6OF5VEQVA27EJFTIOX6WDTHU/

A Tulsa homeless shelter may have to close because its rent has nearly doubled. Now, they are asking for help.

DC's #unhousedcommunity is seeing an uptick in #youthhomelessness While the overall number of those experiencing #homele...
04/22/2022
DC Homelessness Hits 17-Year Low Amid More Encampments

DC's #unhousedcommunity is seeing an uptick in #youthhomelessness

While the overall number of those experiencing #homelessness has declined, the rise in homeless youth is very concerning.

#EndYouthHomelessness #DCHomelessness

http://youthstateindex.com

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-homelessness-hits-17-year-low-amid-more-encampments/3031427/

D.C. released its annual count of people experiencing homelessness in the District, and the number of people counted is lower than it’s been since 2005. But the number of tent encampments is up. Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke about what’s working and the work left to be done. The District, like many ...

04/21/2022
homelesslaw.org

Yesterday, Legal Director at the Law Center Eric Tars, delivered testimony in Opposition to the Use of UAS (unmanned aircraft system aka drones) to Search for Homeless Encampments to Worcester City Council Public Safety Committee. Following is an excerpt from that testimony. You can read the full statement by clicking the link below.

"We can all agree that no Worcester residents should be living in encampments on the streets or in other public areas. And if we agree on that, we should also agree that we should use the best, evidence-based approaches to ending those encampments. Chief Sargent’s proposal states that “An UAS would be of assistance to the City’s Quality of Life Team when searching for homeless encampments,” but he cites no evidence to support that it would actually help end them.

Drone surveillance leading to engagement by law-enforcement in the criminal legal system is not evidence-based, and indeed, evidence shows that taking a law enforcement approach actually costs two- to three-times as much, and produces worse outcomes. Research shows that the most effective – and most cost-effective – way to end encampments is through sustained, in-person outreach, done by trained, trauma-informed advocates, who are able to connect people experiencing homelessness to low-barrier housing and services.

Sweep an encampment without addressing the need for housing, and it will only pop up again elsewhere, and the cycle repeats, because people can’t survive without housing. The only way to permanently end encampments is to address the need for encampments."

The statement continues addressing the potential unconstitutionality of the application to use UAS to identify and surveil encampments inhabited by those experiencing homelessness in the county.

#DecriminalizeHomelessness #EndHomelessness #NoMoreSweeps

Read the full testimony here:

https://homelesslaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Worchester-Written-Testimony-4.20.2022.pdf

“When you don’t have a permanent address, where you’re trying to figure out where to sleep and get your next meal from, ...
04/20/2022
It's tough for NJ's homeless to get IDs. But to access vital services, they must show IDs

“When you don’t have a permanent address, where you’re trying to figure out where to sleep and get your next meal from, it can be almost impossible and extremely discouraging and feel like an enormous barrier to ever getting out of homelessness,” said Eric Tars, legal director for the National Homelessness Law Center, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit aiming to end homelessness. “People become depressed and give up because it seems so insurmountable.”

#HousingFirst #HousingCrisis #DecriminalizeHomelessness #HousingNotHandcuffs

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2022/04/20/nj-homeless-resources-id-process-vital-services/6878211001/

The hurdles someone with housing insecurity must clear to access a photo ID can delay the help needed to pull the individuals out of homelessness.

This week’s #youthstateindex highlight goes to #SouthDakota ranked 49/51 in the fight to #endyouthhomelessnessThe state ...
04/18/2022
National Homelessness Law Center on TikTok

This week’s #youthstateindex highlight goes to #SouthDakota ranked 49/51 in the fight to #endyouthhomelessness

The state lost one point from 2020-2021 and has a lot of room for improvement in working to end and prevent youth homelessness.

https://www.tiktok.com/@homeless_law/video/7088009869051153710?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7004973627150583302

Find your representatives here: sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Find #endyouthhomelessness #southdakota #youthstateindex homelesslaw.org

04/14/2022

Jacobin magazine's Alex N. Press writes: "New York mayor Eric Adams’s ongoing push to remove all homeless encampments from the city is a theater of cruelty: a waste of resources that does nothing to address homeless New Yorkers’ need for housing."

"NYPD officials say they have thus far conducted more than 300 encampment sweeps, the majority of which have been in Manhattan. According to Adams, by the end of March, just five people living in those encampments accepted shelter services. These numbers show the reality of sweeps as theater: an estimated 2,400 New Yorkers live on the street without shelter — around 48,000 live in shelters — and almost everyone who loses their encampment remains on the street. Often, like Neil after his last sweep, they just do so without their stuff — including medications or documents such as IDs or Social Security cards — which the city throws out. Adams has said that residents subject to sweeps will receive vouchers for their belongings, but advocates say that is not always true."

#housing #decriminalization #homelessness #nomoresweeps #law #endhomelessness

https://jacobinmag.com/2022/04/eric-adams-nyc-homeless-encampment-sweeps-shelters

04/13/2022

“If people can’t stay on public property, and they also can’t stay on state property, and they obviously can’t stay on private property, and there aren’t enough shelter beds … where will people go?” asks Pungarcher. “No one has that answer.”

Pushing those experiencing homelessness further into remote areas will do nothing to solve homelessness and will put them at greater risk.

“Housing ends homelessness. Period.”

https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/citylimits/bill-to-criminalize-homelessness-advances/article_09ad8812-b9d9-11ec-831b-f3c0db1fe5e3.html

"Tim Keller grabbed the cameras again, announcing plans for city-sanctioned tent encampments, slinging his favorite buzz...
04/11/2022
City dumps homeless in same neighborhoods again and again

"Tim Keller grabbed the cameras again, announcing plans for city-sanctioned tent encampments, slinging his favorite buzz phrases of “meeting them where they’re at” and pushing his agenda to “consolidate” encampments in “areas with services.”

"This lingo is familiar to City Council Districts 6 and 2 – and his wealthy supporters – as Keller Code for “don’t worry, we’re dropping them in the barrios.”"

Prioritizing affordable housing & healthcare > "consolidating the unhoused in areas with services"

https://www.abqjournal.com/2487144/city-dumps-homeless-in-same-neighborhoods-again-and-again.html

Tim Keller grabbed the cameras again, announcing plans for city-sanctioned tent encampments, slingin ...

"Opposition also came from outside the state. In a letter last month to members of the Georgia Senate panel considering ...
04/11/2022
Homeless Camping Bans Are Spreading. This Group Shaped the Bills

"Opposition also came from outside the state. In a letter last month to members of the Georgia Senate panel considering the bill, the National Homelessness Law Center argued that displacing encampment residents, confiscating their shelters and destroying their personal property would contradict U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and violate the constitutional rights of encampment residents.

The advocacy group further argued that because people of color and LGBTQ people are more likely to be homeless, the new criminal penalties will only exacerbate disparities in arrests, incarceration, fines and fees.

Eric Tars, the group’s legal director, said the bill aims “to move people, either into these internment camps under threat of arrest, or into prison itself or into psychiatric facilities.”"

https://www.route-fifty.com/health-human-services/2022/04/homeless-camping-bans-are-spreading-group-shaped-bills/365449/

A Texas-based think tank is promoting a ban on unofficial encampments.

"This camp means a lot to me because it's not just a homeless camp," Vee said. "It's also a political statement that the...
04/08/2022
Several arrested after team halted from dismantling East Village homeless encampment

"This camp means a lot to me because it's not just a homeless camp," Vee said. "It's also a political statement that the solution to homelessness is housing. Not shelters or safe-havens, but housing."

#HousingNotHandcuffs #DecriminalizeHomelessness

https://abc7ny.com/homeless-encampment-east-village-activists-sanitation-department/11716571/

Several arrests were made after a team of city workers and police arrived to dismantle a homeless encampment in the East Village of Manhattan.

"As Mayor Eric Adams defended himself amidst criticisms for removing encampments, he stated it is still legal for people...
04/07/2022
BQE homeless encampment in Brooklyn may be gone, but unhoused residents stick around | amNewYork

"As Mayor Eric Adams defended himself amidst criticisms for removing encampments, he stated it is still legal for people to sleep on the streets but not for them to build miniature houses.”

This is what the criminalization of homelessness looks like. By targeting methods of survival. These people are sleeping in the same areas, but now they are forced to do so with absolutely no shelter.

How is this a solution to homelessness? Answer: it is not.

https://www.amny.com/news/bqe-homeless-encampment-brooklyn-gone-unhoused-remain/

On March 28, NYPD officers, sanitation workers, and homeless outreach undertook a major removal of homeless encampments from under the Brooklyn-Queens

"The fight for civil rights isn’t just about voting, it also encompasses equality in everyday living, including the righ...
04/06/2022
What Is Fair Housing Month And Why Is It Important To Black People?

"The fight for civil rights isn’t just about voting, it also encompasses equality in everyday living, including the right not to be discriminated against when trying to purchase or sell a home. In April 1968 the Fair Housing Act (FHA) was passed. Now every year during the month we celebrate the Fair Housing Act and the rights it afforded Blacks trying to build a life in America."

https://newsone.com/4314868/fair-housing-act-why-important-to-black-people/

The fight for civil rights isn’t just about voting, it also encompasses equality in everyday living, including the right not to be discriminated against when trying to purchase a home.

"In a state marked by inequality and staggering housing prices, nearly 20% of community college students report experien...
04/05/2022
‘My car is my home’: the California students with nowhere to live

"In a state marked by inequality and staggering housing prices, nearly 20% of community college students report experiencing homelessness."
by Lois Beckett in Long Beach with photographs by Pablo Unzueta

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/apr/02/college-students-unhoused-school-help

In a state marked by inequality and staggering housing prices, nearly 20% of community college students report experiencing homelessness

This week’s #youthstateindex highlight goes to #NorthDakota ranked 50/51 in the fight to #endyouthhomelessnessThe state ...
04/04/2022
National Homelessness Law Center on TikTok

This week’s #youthstateindex highlight goes to #NorthDakota ranked 50/51 in the fight to #endyouthhomelessness

The state did not move the needle in any key areas from 2020-2021, although their score did see some improvement.

Please be sure to follow us on TikTok and keep up with our weekly State Index highlights!

Also visit www.youthstateindex.com for more information about your state!

https://www.tiktok.com/@homeless_law/video/7082835956017106222?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7004973627150583302

#youthstateindex highlight #northdakota ranked 50/51 in the fight to #endyouthhomelessness #endhomelessness #housingisahumanright #housingnothandcuffs

Only TWO days away!! Explore the intersections of Homelessness, Healthcare & Public Safety at a half-day virtual symposi...
04/04/2022
When Everyone Benefits: Exploring the Roles of Health Care Providers in Law Enforcement Reform, Crisis Assistance, and Public Policy on Unsheltered Homelessness | National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Only TWO days away!! Explore the intersections of Homelessness, Healthcare & Public Safety at a half-day virtual symposium on April 6, produced in partnership w/ Street Medicine Institute and The National Health Care for the Homeless Council!

https://nhchc.org/webinars/when-everyone-benefits-exploring-the-roles-of-health-care-providers-in-law-enforcement-reform-crisis-assistance-and-public-policy-on-unsheltered-homelessness/

When Everyone Benefits: Exploring the Roles of Health Care Providers in Law Enforcement Reform, Crisis Assistance, and Public Policy on Unsheltered Homelessness April 6, 2022 | 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Central Register for this event View the program here View Continuing Education Information Instructi...

The NHLC is proud to endorse the bipartisan Flexibility in Addressing Rural Homelessness Act, which aims "to ensure qual...
04/01/2022
Axne seeks solutions to rural homelessness

The NHLC is proud to endorse the bipartisan Flexibility in Addressing Rural Homelessness Act, which aims "to ensure quality lodging is available for Iowans who have been displaced from their homes," through increased flexibility of how funds are spent on addressing homelessness.

https://www.kmaland.com/news/axne-seeks-solutions-to-rural-homelessness/article_0f1cc6a4-b0f2-11ec-90f7-b3fc06cfb8e8.html

(Washington) -- Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne is addressing issues regarding homelessness in rural communities.

"Rankin went on to say that data shows that sweeps—when city or county officials, often alongside law enforcement, move ...
04/01/2022
How data can inform policies to end homelessness and housing insecurity | Crosscut

"Rankin went on to say that data shows that sweeps—when city or county officials, often alongside law enforcement, move people out of homelessness encampments—can make homelessness worse. She also said that shelters have only a negligible impact.

One study from February 2020 found punitive measures, like move-along orders (a written or verbal order by law enforcement to leave an area), limited access to services and harmed people’s wellbeing and safety.

Similarly, a report from the Coalition for the Homeless from April 2021 found that shelters do not solve homelessness. The report states: “While the right to shelter in NYC does create a critical baseline of decency in our city – and has, over the past four decades, saved countless lives by providing those who’ve lost their homes with an alternative to bedding down on the streets – shelters do not solve homelessness. Housing does.”"

https://crosscut.com/sponsored/how-data-can-inform-policies-end-homelessness-and-housing-insecurity

Four experts in the Northwest and beyond weigh in on what works.

HUD Secretary Fudge recently recognized that #HousingIsAHumanRight — but what exactly does that mean?We explain what MUS...
03/31/2022
National Homelessness Law Center on TikTok

HUD Secretary Fudge recently recognized that #HousingIsAHumanRight — but what exactly does that mean?

We explain what MUST be included in the human right to housing in this short video.

Please be sure to follow us on TikTok for more information and to stay up to date with the Law Center!

#EndHomelessness #HousingNotHandcuffs

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZTdmg97jY/

What does it mean to say #housingisahumanright? We explain what a TRUE #humanright to #housing should look like in this short video. #endhomelessness #housingnothandcuffs

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