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NLCHP Releases New Report on Criminalization of Homelessness

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) has released a national report on the criminalization of homelessness. “Housing Not Handcuffs Ending the Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities” provides a literature review of laws and ordinances that criminalize homelessness in 187 cities across the country. The report highlights an increase in criminalizing activities, such as living a car or sleeping in public, that are associated with homelessness. 

Four cities in Connecticut-Hartford, New Haven, Norwalk, and Stamford- were noted to have city ordinances that prohibit activities, such as sleeping, camping, and panhandling in certain public places.  

According to the report, there is a 7.2 million-unit shortage in affordable housing nationwide. Criminalization policies cost more to implement than providing housing and services opportunities for those experiencing homelessness.  

NLCHP has launched a campaign to help educate and advocate for law and policy that promote housing solutions versus criminalizing homelessness related activities.

Click here to read the report. 



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