Category Archives: Homeless

News Coverage: “This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working.”

Colby Itkowitz, This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working, Washington Post, August, 11, 2016. [Public works day jobs provide hope for Albuquerque’s homeless.]

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Op-Ed: “Fran works six days a week in fast food, and yet she’s homeless: “It’s economic slavery””

Dominic Rushe, Fran works six days a week in fast food, and yet she’s homeless: “It’s economic slavery”, The Guardian Aug. 21, 2017. [An account of the experiences of Fran Marion and others who are leading the charge for a raised minimum wage.]

News Coverage: “For Houston’s Homeless, a Terrifying Night Under Siege by Hurricane Harvey”

Julie Turkewitz, For Houston’s Homeless, a Terrifying Night Under Siege by Hurricane Harvey, Washington Post Aug. 27, 2017 [A somber account of the trials Houston’s homeless face in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.]

News Coverage: “L.A. County’s Latest Solution to Homelessness Is a Test of Compassion: Residents can get up to $75,000 to build a “granny flat”—if they open it up to a homeless family”

News Coverage: Linda Poon, L.A. County’s Latest Solution to Homelessness Is a Test of Compassion: Residents can get up to $75,000 to build a “granny flat”—if they open it up to a homeless family, Citylab, Aug. 18, 2017.

News Article: “What The Final Moments Of Homeless People Can Teach Us”

Amy DePaul, “What The Final Moments Of Homeless People Can Teach Us“, Capital & Main, 2017.

New Article: “Move Along to Where? Property in Service of Democracy (A Tribute to André van der Walt)”

New Article: Timothy M. Mulvaney & Joseph William Singer, Move Along to Where? Property in Service of Democracy (A Tribute to André van der Walt). Abstract below:

When the police in cities that prohibit sleeping in public spaces command that people on the streets “move along,” advocacy groups for the homeless have started a campaign that pointedly asks “move along to where?” This question seeks to highlight the reality that homeless persons are being subjected to an order with which they have no capacity to comply. In this instance, the state is defining and rigidly enforcing property rights without concern for the consequences of its doing so; it apparently is only after this exercise in definition and enforcement that the state can move to respect fundamental democratic values—such as dignity and equality—in the space that remains.

Inspired by the work of André van der Walt, we here present the alternate thesis that property exists in service of the values that characterize our democracy. We advance this thesis through the lens of two stories of eviction—the leading cause of homelessness in the U.S.—in which our democratic values seemingly and, in our view, unacceptably are taking a backseat to property.

New Article: “Ban the Address: Combating Employment Discrimination Against the Homeless”

New Article: Sarah Golabek-Goldman, Ban the Address: Combating Employment Discrimination Against the Homeless, 126 Yale L.J. 1788 (2017).  Abstract below:

This Note presents a study of obstacles to employment faced by homeless job applicants and offers potential solutions. Homeless job applicants confront discrimination when they provide the address of a shelter or do not have an address to provide on applications. Advocates should seek to protect homeless job applicants by encouraging businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to provide homeless applicants with addresses or P.O. boxes. Most significantly, the proposed “Ban the Address” campaign would discourage employers from inquiring about an applicant’s address or residency history until after granting a provisional offer of employment. Advocacy efforts such as these can serve as a foundation for successful legal claims under new homeless person’s bills of rights, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This Note explains why requesting residency information might be deemed illegal under both state and federal causes of action. A combination of both legal and nonlegal tactics has the best chance of permitting homeless job applicants to obtain employment and to regain self-sufficiency.

Upcoming Conference: “Housing Not Handcuffs: National Forum on the Human Right to Housing”

Upcoming Conference: “Housing Not Handcuffs: National Forum on the Human Right to Housing” organized by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, June 6-7, 2017.

New Report: “Set Up to Fail – Rapid Re-Housing in the District of Columbia”

New Report: Max Tipping, Set Up to Fail – Rapid Re-Housing in the District of Columbia (Wash. Legal Clinic for the Homeless, 2017).  Washington Post news coverage of the report here.

New Article: “Rethinking Rapid Re-Housing: Toward Sustainable Housing for Homeless Populations”

New Article: Laurie Ball Cooper & Ana Vohryzek, Rethinking Rapid Re-Housing: Toward Sustainable Housing for Homeless Populations, 19 U. Pa. J.L. & Soc. Change 307 (2017).