Category Archives: Homeless

New Article: “Homelessness and the Impossibility to Obey the Law”

Skolnik, Terry, Homelessness and the Impossibility to Obey the Law,  43 Fordham Urban Law Journal 741 (2016). [Abstract below]

Building on Jeremy Waldron’s work, this article argues that it can be impossible for homeless people to obey the law in certain contexts. This occurs where there are insufficient public resources to allow homeless people to comply with the law, or the homeless lack the capacity or opportunity to obey quality of life rules. This article explores the moral objections to enforcing quality of life rules in such circumstances, how courts view homeless people’s impossibility to obey the law, as well as policy and litigation strategies applicable in such cases.

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Op-Ed: “Designing a More Inclusive City”

Allison Arief, Designing a More Inclusive City, New York Times, October, 20, 2017. [“City Center Plaza, like so many urban plazas everywhere, gives the appearance of public space while simultaneously restricting access to it.”]

Op-Ed: “Why is ‘Affordable’ Housing So Expensive to Build”

Joe Cortright, Why is ‘Affordable’ Housing So Expensive to Build, City Lab, October 19, 2017. [As costs keep rising, it’s becoming harder and harder for governments to subsidize like they’ve done in the past.]

Op-Ed: “America’s affordable-housing stock dropped by 60 percent from 2010 to 2016”

Tracy Jan, America’s affordable-housing stock dropped by 60 percent from 2010 to 2016,The Washington Post, October 23, 2017. [“The number of apartments deemed affordable for very low-income families across the United States fell by more than 60 percent between 2010 and 2016”]

Op-Ed: “Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail”

Timothy Williams, Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail, New York Time, October 12, 2017. [“One homeless man has been arrested or cited 270 time on the same charge…”]

Op-Ed: “Chronicling homelessness: do ‘homeward bound’ bus programs work?”

Alastair Gee, Chronicling homelessness: do ‘homeward bound’ bus programs work?, September 29, 2017. [“Cities across the US offer publicly funded bus tickets to get homeless people back to their roots…”]

Op-Ed: “For Homeless Advocates, a Discouraging Lesson in Los Angeles: Money is Not Enough”

Adam Nagourney, For Homeless Advocates, a Discouraging Lesson in Los Angeles: Money is Not Enough, New York Times, September 29, 2017. [Opponents of housing development for the homeless have taken a ‘by any means’ approach.]

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.]

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.]