Category Archives: Homeless

New Article: Homeless, Hungry, and Targeted: A Look at the Validity of Food-Sharing Restrictions in the United States

New Article: Samantha Holloway, Homeless, Hungry, and Targeted: A Look at the Validity of Food-Sharing Restrictions in the United States, Hofstra L. Rev. Vol. 46, 2017.

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New Article: Begging for Change: Begging Restrictions Throughout Washington

New Article: Sara Rankin, Jocelyn Tillisch, Drew Sena, Justin Olson, Begging for Change: Begging Restrictions Throughout Washington, Seattle University Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, 2018. Abstract below:

The act of panhandling, commonly known as begging, is a form of speech protected by the United States Constitution. But Washington’s cities are increasingly enacting laws that criminalize begging, despite courts finding these laws unconstitutional under both the First Amendment and the Due Process Clause. This brief surveys begging restrictions, assessing their scope and legality. This report offers the first statewide analysis of laws that restrict begging.

Among the brief’s key findings is that the vast majority (86%) of Washington cities criminalize begging; the majority (83%) of these laws result in a criminal charge if violated, leading to serious collateral consequences that impact one’s eligibility for housing and employment. Many of these laws would not survive constitutional scrutiny.

New Op-Ed: In Los Angeles, Where the Rich and the Destitute Cross Paths

New Op-Ed: Tim Arango, In Los Angeles, Where the Rich and the Destitute Cross Paths, NYTimes.com, July 2, 2018.

New Op-Ed: Bussed Out: How America moves its homeless

New Op-Ed: Outside in America team, Bussed Out: How America moves its homeless, TheGuardian.com, Dec. 20, 2017.

New Op-Ed: Life Inside D.C.’s Motel Homeless Shelters

DC homelessness motels

New Op-Ed: Morgan Baskin, Life Inside D.C.’s Motel Homeless Shelters, Wash. City Paper, June 28, 2018.

New Op-Ed: The situation on the streets

SF homelessness

New Op-Ed: Kevin Fagan, The situation on the streets, San Francisco Chronicle, June 28, 2018.

New Op-Ed: This is what homelessness looks like for my mom

carliving_imageNew Op-Ed: Melody Clark, This is what homelessness looks like for my mom, Curbed Seattle, April 17, 2018.

Thousands of people are experiencing housing instability in Seattle — including those staying on couches and in cars.

New Report: Protect Tenants, Prevent Homelessness

New Report: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Protect Tenants, Prevent Homelessness, (2018).

Blog Post: What is Loitering, Really? (visual storytelling)

whatisloiteringreallyBlog Post: Ariel Aberg-Riger, What is Loitering, Really? CityLab, May 21, 2018.

New Article: An Intersectional Approach to Homelessness: Discrimination and Criminalization

New Article: Alice Giannini, An Intersectional Approach to Homelessness: Discrimination and Criminalization, 19 Marq. Ben. & Soc. Welfare L. Rev, 1 (2018). Abstract below:

The purpose of this essay is to address discrimination against homeless people. First of all, the theory of intersectionality will be explained and then applied as a method of analysis. The complexity of defining homelessness will be tackled, focusing on the difficulties encountered when approaching this concept. Notions such as protected ground and immutability of personal characteristics will be discussed. Then, an intersectional approach to homelessness will be outlined. Different cases settled by the Supreme Court of Canada will be used to support this approach. Intersectional discrimination is a rather new theory which has not yet been applied by many courts and tribunals but Canada has proven to be a vanguard in this area. For this reason, Canadian case law has been chosen as the main example in this research. Phenomena of stereotyping, prejudices and social profiling connected to homelessness will be described. In addition, an inquiry on homelessness cannot be conducted without looking at the representation different minority groups within the homeless population and therefore this aspect will be shortly dealt with. To continue with, different laws and other legal sources concerned with criminalizing specific conducts against public order will be analyzed applying the outlined intersectional method. In specific, this work will concentrate on quality of life regulations and anti-homeless regulations. What the author will argue is that, once it is established that homelessness is a ground worthy of protection, this kind of legislation results in direct and indirect discrimination. In conclusion, the arguments in favor of including homelessness or social condition as a ground of discrimination will be laid out, with reference to Canadian, European and international law sources. Due to the broadness of the topic, this essay does not aim at being a comprehensive study but rather at trying to answer these questions: how can we consider homelessness as a ground of discrimination? What are the most common ways in which this distinctive kind of discrimination is perpetuated?