A Legal Matter: Laws that Disproportionately Impact People Experiencing Homelessness

  • June 17, 2021
  • |Publications

There are particular laws and policies that explicitly target and harm people experiencing homelessness. These include camping bans, sit/stand ordinances, and the plethora of other “quality of life” laws. These laws criminalize the state of being homeless. They saddle people […]

Centering Racial Equity in the Greater New Orleans CoC

  • June 16, 2021
  • |Publications

Author: Shercole King and Garrick Rattler, on behalf of UNITY’s Racial Equity Task Force Picture Credit: Press Street of New Orleans, Painted by NOCCA Students. Photographer: Shercole King “I knew then, and I know now, when it comes to justice, […]

Big Budgets, Big Asks: Key 2021 Legislative Priorities for Homelessness

  • June 8, 2021
  • |Publications

The timing is perfect! On May 28, President Biden released his detailed budget request for fiscal year 2022. It included aggressive requests for funding increases for programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that are key […]

What Is Progressive Engagement?

  • June 4, 2021
  • |Publications

Homeless service systems have always faced enormous challenges to do more with less. Simply put, there have never been enough resources to meet demand. This has forced tough decisions about how to prioritize services and determine who needs what – […]

Is Being Homeless a Crime?

  • June 1, 2021
  • |Publications

Living on the streets means constantly being vulnerable – to the elements, to illness and hunger, and to the very group who should be there to protect you: law enforcement. Far-reaching efforts to criminalize homelessness make the already-precarious state of […]

Data Visualization: The Evidence on Housing First

  • May 25, 2021
  • |Data and Graphics

Housing First has been thoroughly studied as an effective approach to ending people’s homelessness. System leaders, advocates, policymakers, and others are encouraged to review the following visualization, which demonstrates the overwhelming volume of research and data supporting Housing First. It […]

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Designing Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

  • May 24, 2021
  • |Publications

State and local governments, along with their nonprofit partners, have extraordinary new resources intended to help people stay housed, resources that can prevent evictions and homelessness. To make the most of this opportunity, policymakers and program implementers should avoid making […]

Disruptions to the 2021 PiT Count: Working to Fill Data Gaps

  • May 18, 2021
  • |Publications

Homeless services systems will be sorting through the impacts of the pandemic for some time to come. Disruptions to the 2021 Point-in-Time (PiT) Count are a part of the story: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sanctioned […]

Homeless Policy in the Recovery Plans (Webinar)

  • May 12, 2021
  • |Videos

In three relief packages to address the pandemic and economic downturn – the American Rescue Plan, American Jobs Plan, and American Families Plan – President Biden has proposed an unprecedented $6 trillion in new federal investments. These plans include billions […]

Results from the Latest Voices From the Field Survey (Webinar)

  • April 29, 2021
  • |Videos

This webinar from the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute focused on the results of the latest installment of the Voices from the Field Survey series. The fourth round of surveys focused on Continuums of Care, service providers, and advocates to understand […]