Category Archives: Homeless

Op-Ed: “L.A. has 46,874 people who are homeless. If we’re not smart, we’ll have 250,000 more”

Op-Ed: Adam Murray, L.A. has 46,874 people who are homeless. If we’re not smart, we’ll have 250,000 more, L.A. Times, July 14, 2016.

News Coverage: “Old and on the Street: The Graying of America’s Homeless”

News Coverage: Adam Nagourney, Old and on the Street: The Graying of America’s Homeless, N.Y. Times, May 31, 2016.

New Article: “The Influence of Exile”

New Article: Sara K. Rankin, The Influence of Exile, 76 Md. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2016).  Abstract below:

Belonging is a fundamental human need. But human instincts are Janus-faced: equally strong is the drive to exclude. This exclusive impulse, which this Article calls “the influence of exile,” reaches beyond interpersonal dynamics when empowered groups use laws and policies to restrict marginalized groups’ access to public space. Jim Crow, Anti-Okie, and Sundown Town laws are among many notorious examples. But the influence of exile perseveres today: it has found a new incarnation in the stigmatization and spatial regulation of visible poverty, as laws that criminalize and eject visibly poor people from public space proliferate across the nation. These laws reify popular attitudes toward visible poverty, harming not only the visibly poor, but also society as a whole. This Article seeks to expose and explain how the influence of exile operates; in doing so, it argues against the use of the criminal justice system as a response to visible poverty. In its place, the Article argues for more effective and efficient responses that take as their starting point an individual right to exist in public space, which for many visibly poor people is tantamount to a right to exist at all.

Editor’s Note: I just finished reading this article and it is interesting not only for its text, but for the rich sources collected in the footnotes that give examples of demonizing and blaming the visible poor. Congrats Sara!

News Coverage: “Can Neighborhoods Be Revitalized Without Gentrifying Them?”

News Coverage: “Can Neighborhoods Be Revitalized Without Gentrifying Them?

Op-Ed: “America, We Have A Problem: Homelessness Is Out Of Control”

Op-Ed: Cynthia McKinney, “America, We Have A Problem: Homelessness Is Out Of Control

Op-Ed: “I’ve been homeless 3 times. The problem isn’t drugs or mental illness — it’s poverty.”

Op-Ed:  Veronica Harnish, I’ve been homeless 3 times. The problem isn’t drugs or mental illness — it’s poverty., Vox.com, Mar. 8, 2016.

New Brief Article: “Pro Bono Matters in the City of (Fallen) Angels”

New Brief Article: Francine J. Lipman, Pro Bono Matters in the City of (Fallen) Angels, ABA Tax Times, Feb. 2016.

News Coverage: “A Hidden World: Desperation for Hundreds of Homeless Families in D.C. Motels”

News Coverage: “A Hidden World: Desperation For Hundreds Of Homeless Families in D.C. Motels” – The Washington Post

Op-Ed: “4 myths that make L.A. County’s homeless problem worse”

Op-Ed: Adam Murray, “4 myths that make L.A. County’s homeless problem worse,” L.A. Times, Dec. 31, 2015.

News Coverage: Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets – Vox

News Coverage: Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets – Vox