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No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
 

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty released its report, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities.

The report is an update from the previous 2011 version and outlines recent trends in the criminalization of homelessness across the nation. Criminalization of homelessness includes laws prohibiting begging, sitting, lying down, sleeping, or loitering in public as well as food sharing. The report highlights increases in each of these bans by 16-119%, with the exception of the prohibition of sleeping, sitting, or lying down in public, which have decreased.

The report’s policy recommendations to reduce criminalization of homelessness include:

  • Increase the stock of affordable housing in every community
  • Enact Homeless Bills of Rights in each state
  • Promote constructive alternatives such as outreach teams, dedicated funding for services, and increased coordination between providers

Click here to read the full report.

Click here to access to report’s advocacy manual. 

 
 

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