National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)


Founded in 1989, NLCHP seeks to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.
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Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL
Organization type(s): Research/Policy/Organizing
Acronym or short name: NLCHP
Tags: Housing: Homelessness

Through policy advocacy, public education, and impact litigation, the Law Center’s national programs address the root causes of homelessness and meet the immediate and long-term needs of those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Through training and technical support, the Law Center also enhances the capacity of local and national groups to become more effective voices for the needs and rights of homeless people.



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L.A. City Council OKs crackdowns on homeless encampments

Gale Holland
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
June 23, 2015
Los Angeles City Council gave final approval Tuesday to an aggressive crackdown on street encampments, setting the stage for the first major homeless sweeps in the city in decades.

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It’s unconstitutional to ban the homeless from sleeping outside, the federal government says

Emily Badger
Washington Post
August 13, 2015
Last week, the Department of Justice filed a statement of interest arguing that you can't ban the homeless from sleeping outside.

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How lawsuits are forcing cities to face their homeless issues

Theresa Walker
Orange County Register
February 23, 2017
Lawsuits brought on behalf of homeless people increasingly are being wielded in Southern California and elsewhere not just as punitive measures that win judgements for individuals.

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With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime

Pam Fessler
National Public Radio (NPR)
July 16, 2014
Laws that criminalize homelessness are on the rise across the country. And it's only making the problem worse.



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