Category Archives: Reports

New Report: Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing


New Report: National Low Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing, 2018.

This is the newest annual edition of NLIHC’s report, a vital piece advancing understanding of the affordable housing crisis across the nation.



New Report: Tracking Outcomes: A Guide for Civil Legal Aid Providers and Funders


The National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School just published a very important report for all lawyers who work in civil legal aid. As the Center acknowledges in the report, data is not being collected, tracked, and used in the civil legal aid community at a rate consistent with other markets in the legal profession. The report expertly addresses many of the key reasons why data in civil legal aid is less effective, and carries on to address ways to make up the gap — notably recommending “that providers adopt a culture that supports the exercise of care in gathering, organizing, and analyzing data.”

The report is a must-read (and take to heart) for all those in the civil legal aid community.

National Center for Access to Justice, Tracking Outcomes: A Guide for Civil Legal Aid Providers and Funders, 2018.

New Op-Ed: How America Treats Its Own Children

New Op-Ed: Annie Lowrey, How America Treats Its Own Children, The Atlantic, June 21, 2018.

[Self-promotion] New Op-ed: The Trump Administration Doesn’t Really Care About Poverty

[Self-promotion] New Op-ed: Ezra Rosser, The Trump Administration Doesn’t Really Care About Poverty, The Hill, June 25, 2018. This is a response to Niki Haley’s response to the U.N. report on U.S. poverty but was written before the official U.S. response, available here, came out.

New Report: Protect Tenants, Prevent Homelessness

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

Roosevelt Institute Report: Hidden Rules of Race are Embedded in the New Tax Law

Roosevelt Institute issue brief, Darrick Hamilton & Michael Linden, Hidden Rules of Race are Embedded in the New Tax Law, May 2018.

New Report: Children in Pretrial Detention: Promoting Stronger International Time Limits

New Report: Juvenile Justice Advocates International, Human Rights Center at The University of Minnesota School of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Clinical Program, Children in Pretrial Detention: Promoting Stronger International Time Limits (2018).

New Report: Measuring Mobility from Poverty

New Report: Gregory Acs et al., Measuring Mobility from Poverty (US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, 2018).

New Reports: 6 new reports from the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project

New Reports: 6 new reports from Homeless Rights Advocacy Project. Overview and links to the reports from Seattle University’s news release:

Key Findings

The reports identify common problems with existing laws and policies and offer effective, legally sound alternatives. Links to all current reports are included below. All current and previous HRAP reports can be accessed by visiting the HRAP homepage.

One report offers the first statewide analysis of laws that restrict begging:

  • Begging restrictions are often illegal and can create more problems than they solve. The vast majority of Washington cities (86 percent) criminalize begging, and most of these laws (83 percent) can result in criminal charges. These laws can lead to serious collateral consequences that make it extremely difficult for already vulnerable people to access housing and employment. Read the full report.

Four of the reports are geared to the network of city officials, non-profit organizations and others working to alleviate homelessness:

  • Accessory dwellings have potential. Several cities around the country are experimenting with accessory dwellings -small units in residential backyards – to address housing shortages and homelessness crises. This guide analyzes innovative case studies in Colorado, Washington, California, and Oregon to provide lessons on structural design, project funding, screening and matching residents and hosts, potential legal liabilities, zoning regulations, and public relations considerations. Read the full report.
  • Authorized encampments can be effective interim solutions. Cities are also trying authorized encampments as temporary solutions, but implementation has been haphazard due to a dearth of practical guidance. This guide summarizes the challenges and opportunities posed by various encampment models along the West Coast. Read the full report.
  • Faith communities can be key partners. Faith-based organizations, such as churches, mosques and synagogues, are important providers of social services; they also enjoy special legal protections, allowing them to provide shelter even when prohibited by local law. This guide surveys successful practices and key considerations from faith communities in Washington and Colorado. Read the full report.
  • Safe parking is a must for people living in vehicles. Vehicle residents are a growing part of homeless populations. This guide examines case studies of successful safe parking programs in Washington and California that mitigate harm to vehicle residents and offer support that can lift people out of poverty and into stable, permanent housing. Read the full report.

The final report is a practical guide for homeless individuals and others who have been arrested:

  • Unhoused people who are arrested can be their own best advocate.  Public defenders often are overworked and have little time to spend with clients; many defendants do not even receive one. But even represented unhoused defendants can help themselves with HRAP’s first-of-its-kind guide to navigating court, which introduces common legal terms and timelines, and provides strategies for those experiencing homelessness to advocate for themselves. Read the full report.

Report: Foreclosed: Destruction of Black Wealth During the Obama Presidency

Report: Ryan Cooper & Matt Bruenig, Foreclosed: Destruction of Black Wealth During the Obama Presidency (2017) [about housing wealth].