Homelessness

Cities, States Urge Supreme Court to Hear Homeless Camping Ban Case

After a Boise, Idaho law that prohibits sleeping in public spaces was ruled unconstitutional by an appellate court, some local governments are raising concerns about how they can now legally address problems stemming from homeless people living on the streets.

Housing Organizations Slam White House Report on Homelessness

As Trump targets California’s homeless crisis, a report from his Council of Economic Advisors lays out a policing-heavy blueprint for fixing the issue.

Advocates Push Back on Trump Administration Call for 'Humane Policing' of Homeless People

Ahead of President Trump’s trip to California this week, the administration has outlined strategies including housing deregulation and increased law enforcement involvement.

'Gravely Disabled' Homeless Forced Into Mental Health Care in More States

Nearly a third of U.S. homeless people are living with serious, untreated mental illness.

A Ticket to Ride: Will Busing the Homeless Help or Just Move People Along?

In King County, Washington, a local lawmaker wants to spend $1 million to offer free bus tickets to homeless people to help them reunite with family.

Congress Looks At Ways to Help Los Angeles With Homelessness Crisis

At a House Financial Committee hearing, members of Congress heard about possible local, state, and federal solutions.

Without Parking, Thousands of Americans Who Live in Vehicles Have Nowhere to Go

COMMENTARY | There is no official method for counting people who live in their vehicles.

Juvenile Justice Reform Sets Us On a Path to End Youth Homelessness

COMMENTARY | In Washington state, thousands of young people are locked up annually for “status offenses” and find themselves homeless when leaving detention. A new law seeks to change that.

San Diego (Again) Bans Sleeping in Cars

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Seminole Tribe stops casino payments to Florida … Texas moves to make internet more accessible in rural areas … Wisconsin passes crime victim rights bill.

Wisconsin Legislators Push to Make Cash Tips Tax-Free

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Protesters disrupt hearing over Texas bill meant to prevent protests … New Orleans passes measure to clear homeless camps … Nebraska moves to ban shackling of pregnant women in prison.

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Denver Homeless Camping Ballot Initiative Fails

Voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative that sought to give homeless people the right to camp in public places.

The Homeless Are Dying In Record Numbers On The Streets Of Los Angeles

Deaths increased 76% in the past five years, according to an analysis of coroner data.

This City Might Give Homeless People the Right to Camp Anywhere

The Denver initiative is the latest front in a campaign advocates for homeless people have been waging at the state level for years.

The Poop Problem Plaguing One of America’s Wealthiest Cities

“People should have places to go to the bathroom when they need to, and in San Francisco they don't,” says a supervisor there looking to tackle this and other issues tied to street cleanliness.

Building a Map to Help Care for Vulnerable Residents

San Bernardino County, California, uses a survey and mapping tool to connect homeless people with support services.

How to Build NIMBY-Proof Homeless Shelters? Make Them Mandatory.

To foil community pushback over new facilities for people in homelessness, a San Francisco lawmaker wants all neighborhoods to share the responsibility.

We Have A Trust Problem When it Comes to Homelessness. Better Data Can Help.

COMMENTARY | If regions aren’t unified in how they define and measure homelessness, they can’t even begin to tackle the problem. Here’s what we recommend.

How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle

COMMENTARY | The Urban Institute examines the progress of Denver's permanent supportive housing program, which is paid for through a social impact bond.