online partners:


Feeding Intolerance:
Prohibitions on Sharing Food with People Experiencing Homelessness.

*download report as a pdf.*


The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) is the only national legal advocacy organization dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness.  Our attorneys go into courtrooms and the halls of our legislatures to protect the needs of society’s most vulnerable members. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy and public education we address the root causes of homelessness at the local, state and national levels.

Established by attorney Maria Foscarinis in 1989 and based in Washington, DC, NLCHP works with a wide variety of groups around the nation.

You are invited to join the network of attorneys, students, advocates and activists who make up NLCHP’s membership. By becoming a member you can help make a difference in the lives of millions of homeless Americans.  For more information about membership, please visit our website at


Maria Foscarinis                                   
Executive Director

Patricia Julianelle

Staff Attorney


Bob Nasdor
Legal director

Kathy Zeisel
Domestic Violence Staff Attorney

Catherine Bendor
Deputy Legal Director

Marion Manheimer


Tulin Ozdeger
Civil Rights Director


Vibha Bhatia
Operations Director

Lucy Martin
Development and Communications Coordinator

Eric Tars
Human Rights Staff Attorney


Katherine Bittner

Development Assistant

Joy Moses
Children & Youth Staff Attorney

Laurel Weir
Policy Director



Board of Directors

William Breakey, M.D.
Community Volunteer

Roderick DeArment
Covington & Burling LLP

Edward McNicholas
Sidley Austin LLP

Vasiliki Tsaganos
Vice Chair
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

Kirsten Johnson-Obey
Freddie Mac

Margaret Pfeiffer
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Jeannette Austin
Community Volunteer

Pamela Malester
Community Volunteer

Jeffrey Simes
Goodwin Procter LLP

Bruce Casino
Katten Muchin & Rosenman LLP

Cary Martin
Sidley Austin LLP

Angela Ward
Community Volunteer

Michael Allen
Community Volunteer

Howie Godnick
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Maria Foscarinis
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty



Founded in 1982, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) is a private, non-profit, national advocacy organization that exists to educate all levels of society in order to identify and put to an end the social and economic causes of homelessness.  NCH is the nation’s oldest and largest national homelessness advocacy organization, comprised of activists, service providers, and persons who are, or have been, homeless striving toward a single goal – to end homelessness.  It is the mission of NCH to create the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness, while concurrently working to increase the capacity of local supportive housing and service providers to better meet the urgent needs of those families and individuals now homeless in their communities.

NCH focuses its work on four policy areas:  civil rights of those who are without homes, housing that is affordable to those with the lowest incomes, accessible/comprehensive health care and other needed support services, and livable incomes that make it possible to afford the basic necessities of life.  The strategies we use to implement our mission are:  litigation, lobbying, policy analysis, public education, community organizing, research, and providing technical assistance.

For more information about our organization, membership, and access to publications such as this report, please go to our website: 

Board of Directors*


Bob Erlenbusch
Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness
Los Angeles, CA

Anita Beaty
Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless
Atlanta, GA

Michael Dahl
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
Minneapolis, MN

John Parvensky
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO

Ed Bell
Detroit, MI

Brian Davis
Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless
Cleveland, OH

Phillip Pappas
Pittsburgh, PA

Osvaldo Burgos-Perez
San Juan, PR

Sherrie Downing
Montana Council on Homelessness
Helena, MT

Barbara Anderson
Haven House Services
Jeffersonville, IN

Michael Chesser
Upstate Homeless Coalition of South Carolina
Greenville, SC


Bill Duncan
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Memphis, TN

Hugh Grogan
Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition
Sioux Falls, SD  

David Pirtle
Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau
Washington, DC

Richard Troxell
House the Homeless
Austin, TX 

Rey Lopez
The King’s Outreach
Cabot, AR

Diana Robledo
Primavera Foundation
Tucson, AZ

Mathias Vega
Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
Albuquerque, NM

Phoebe Nelson
Women’s Resource Center of North Central Washington
Wenatchee, WA

Greg Sileo
Baltimore Homeless Services
Baltimore, MD

Mike Wallace
National League of Cities
Washington, DC

Gordon Packard
Primavera Foundation
Tucson, AZ

Louisa Stark
Phoenix Consortium for the Homeless
Phoenix, AZ

Dana Woolfolk
Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau
Washington, DC

Glorin Ruiz Pastush
La Fondita de Jesus
San Juan, PR

Sue Watlov Phillips

Sandy Swank
Inter-Faith Ministries
Wichita, KS

John Zirker
Nashville Homeless Power Project
Nashville, TN

Elim Transitional Housing, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN




*Affiliations for identification purposes only.




Jonathan Bell
Development Associate/ AmeriCorps*VISTA

Michael O’Neill
Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau

Samuel Waite
Development Associate/

Megan Hustings
Director of Development

Jesse Smith, Jr.
Vendor Coordinator/
Street Sense/


Michelle Lee
Graphic/Website Designer

Michael Stoops
Acting Executive Director