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Housing not Handcuffs Campaign

  • The National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty are proud to announce that on November 15th, 2016 we launched our national campaign called, Housing Not Handcuffs. One of the major goals of this campaign is to address criminalization against people experiencing homelessness and the affordable housing crisis in the United States.

    Across this country, cities are criminalizing homelessness, by making it illegal for people to sit, sleep and even eat in public places - despite the absence of housing or even shelter and other basic resources. These laws and policies violate constitutional rights, create arrest records, and fines and fees, which stands in the way of homeless people getting jobs or housing. This act of criminalization is not working to end homelessness.

    The evidence is clear, that homelessness is reduced in communities that focus on housing, and not those that focus on criminalization. Criminalizing people experiencing homelessness cost more money than simply solving the problem by ensuring access to adequate housing.

    As more individuals and non-profits continue to educate and bring awareness about this issue, the general public will realize that criminalization is not the answer to ending homelessness. The time is now to educate and advocate for justice and housing.

    To endorse the campaign please click here.
  • Local Campaigns:
    • Statewide campaign:
      • California
      • Colorado
      • Oregon
        • For more information on how to get involved please click here.
    • Florida Homeless Bill of Rights:
      • For more information please click here.
    • Duluth, Minnesota Homeless Bill of Rights:
      • For more information on how to get involved please click here.
    • Protecting Homeless New Yorkers from Unconstitutional Police Behavior:
      • For more information on how to get involved please click here.
    Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week:
    • To learn more information and how to get involved please click here.


Need Help?

Find information and resources if
  • You or your family is currently homeless
  • You or your family is in danger of becoming homeless


Find more information on topics ranging from Criminalization to How to Get Involved:
  • Reports
  • Manuals
  • Factsheets

Take Action

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