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Court Says Cities Can’t Criminalize Sleeping Outside Absent Other Housing or Shelter Options

Written by Eric Tars, Senior Attorney, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. Last Tuesday, September 4, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that people experiencing homelessness cannot be punished for sleeping outside in the absence of adequate alternatives. The case, Martin v. Boise (formerly Bell v. Boise), challenged Boise, Idaho’s ban on sleeping in […]

Hurricane Florence: The Homeless System’s Response

As the southeastern and mid-Atlantic sections of the U.S. nervously await the arrival of what could be a severely damaging hurricane, disaster preparedness is well underway. States of emergency have been declared and mandatory evacuations have been ordered along the Eastern Seaboard. Those who have the resources to evacuate or to “safe proof” their homes […]

Being Rural in the CoC Competition

Written by Zach Brown, West Virginia Balance of State Continuum of Care This post is part of a series to support communities as they complete their 2018 NOFA applications. You can see previous entries here, here, here, and here. The Continuum of Care (CoC) competition is a bit like John Denver’s “Country Roads.” Though everyone loves the […]

Making the Homeless System More Responsive to the Needs of Survivors of Domestic Violence: 2018 CoC NOFA

This post is part of a series to support communities as they work on their 2018 NOFA applications. You can see previous entries here, here, and here. Survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. The homeless system must be equipped to offer survivors emergency shelter and housing services […]

Sustaining Momentum after a Learning Collaborative

This post is part of a National Alliance to End Homelessness series highlighting the Rapid Re-Housing Learning Collaboratives in Georgia and Maryland. Read more about Learning Collaboratives here. Almost one year ago, 15 service providers across the State of Georgia gathered together to make a commitment to working differently and housing more people. The forum […]

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