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Webinar on Growing Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities

Posted July 11, 2014

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty will host a free webinar discussing findings from its forthcoming report, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, July 17 from 2pm – 3pm.

No Safe Place provides an overview of criminalization measures in effect across the nation, and looks at trends in the criminalization of homelessness, based on an analysis of the laws in 187 cities.

The prevalence of these criminalization laws is rising, including dramatic increases in the number of citywide bans, which effectively make it illegal for homeless people to perform fundamental, life-sustaining human activities throughout entire cities.

Key conclusions and recommendations the report will address include:

  • Criminalization laws violate the civil and human rights of homeless people
  • Criminalization laws are ineffective and costly to taxpayers, and a growing body of research shows that they are both the most expensive and least effective option available
  • Communities and local governments should replace criminalization laws with constructive solutions to ending homelessness
  • The federal government should play a leadership role in combating the criminalization of homelessness

To register to attend the webinar, click here.

See also: Bennington Select Board Votes for New Prohibitions Aimed at Homeless

 



Webinar on Thursday: Tent Cities, Homelessness & Human Rights

Posted March 3, 2014

This Thursday, March 6 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm join the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty for the webinar Tent Cities, Homelessness & Human Rights which will feature presentations by Eric Tars of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and Amy Sawyer of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness.

The webinar will go into detail about the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty soon to be released report, “Welcome Home: The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States,” addressing the human and civil rights implications of the growth of homeless encampments across the country.

The report, co-authored with the Yale Law School Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, comes as the U.S. prepares for four reviews by international human rights monitors in the coming year, and follows new steps by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to address homelessness as a human rights issue (see http://usich.gov/issue/human-rights/). It also comes on the heels of the Law Center’s annual “Human Right to Housing Report Card” (see http://www.nlchp.org/HousingReport_2013%20copy.pdf).

Come and learn about the human and civil rights issues faced by individuals experiencing homelessness, the response from the federal government, as well as the process of review by the U.N. human rights monitors and how you can make human rights real in your community.

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/516465346