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Homeless Person's Bill of Rights Legislation

Years of research and advocacy around criminalization of homelessness and increasing violence committed against people experiencing homelessness has shown that added protections are needed to preserve the civil rights of people experiencing homelessness.  NCH staff work to educate public officials and local advocates about the importance of passing protections for those without housing in the United States.

We support the efforts of local advocates to pass Bill of Rights measures that include:

•    Protections against segregation, laws targeting homeless people for their lack of housing and not their
     behavior, and restrictions on the use of public space.
•    Privacy protections for those experiencing homelessness, and the ability to vote or feel safe in the community.
•    Providing broad access to shelter, social services, legal counsel and a quality education for the children of homeless families.

The following cities and states have passed or are considering homeless rights legislation:
California | Connecticut | Delaware | Illinois | Baltimore, Maryland | Minnesota | Missouri
Oregon | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | Tennessee | Vermont | Madison, Wisconsin

* Is your state legislator considering a Homeless Bill of Rights? Show your support and be heard by sending a letter to your State Representative or Senator. Download our sample letter here!

For more information on homeless bills of rights, please contact Michael Stoops, the Director of Community Organizing, at mstoops@nationalhomeless.org or 202.462.4822 x234.

National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-1033
202-462-4822
info@nationalhomeless.org

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