Thursday, December 22, 2016

Advocates Take Stand Against Laws Criminalizing Homelessness

Policy experts discuss the far-reaching - and counterproductive - implications of ordinances targeting homeless individuals and take a look at upcoming legislation that could help cities and states combat homelessness without resorting to criminal or civil penalties.

ILLEGAL TO EXIST? Over the last 10 years, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) has noted a drastic uptick in the number of cities across America enacting ordinances barring homeless individuals from camping, sleeping and sometimes even sitting in public spaces. "It does not work, it's ineffective, it's expensive and it's often unconstitutional," said NLCHP Senior Attorney Tristia Bauman, "and it will not produce the results that communities need, which is to end visible homelessness."

Friday, December 9, 2016

Affordable Housing Activists Brace For Funding Crunch Under Trump Administration

The National Low Income Housing Coalition anticipates major reductions in federal housing spending during Trump's presidency - but they also see potential funding opportunities arising from his infrastructure investment proposals.

A LOOMING LOW-INCOME HOUSING CRISIS? Representatives of the National Low Income Housing Coalition fear major cuts to HUD and USDA housing and rental assistance programs under Trump's presidency, but they remain optimistic that programs can stay afloat through nontraditional funding streams - including mortgage interest deduction reform. (Photograph courtesy the United States Department of Agriculture.)