Monthly Archives: June 2012

Number of Homeless Students Enrolled in Schools Exceeds One Million

  The official number of homeless students enrolled in public school has surpassed one million for the first time, the Department of Education reported yesterday. It counted 1,065,794 homeless students who were enrolled in U.S. preschools and K-12 schools in the … Continue reading

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Voices of Youth: A Discussion on Homelessness

Thirty-nine percent of the national homeless population are children, and approximately half of those children drop out of school. It is tough for homeless teenagers to fathom how they can finish school and attend college while also looking for a … Continue reading

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First Read: Senate Cuts $4.5B from SNAP, Administration Sued for Information About Homeless Program, More

Administration Sued for Information About Homeless Program The Washington Post has coverage of the Law Center’s suit against the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) over not disclosing a complete list of federal properties that could be used to … Continue reading

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UPCOMING: 25th Anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Act

Dear Friends, On behalf of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, please accept our invitation to recognize with us the 25th Anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as we consider “The State of Homelessness and Poverty in … Continue reading

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First Read: Homeless Bill of Rights, Job Training for Homeless Vets, More

Rhode Island’s Homeless Bill of Rights Mother Jones has today’s first word on the civil rights of homeless people. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Law Center and the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, Governor Lincoln Chafee is … Continue reading

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Equity, Prosperity, and the American Identity

“People need to live somewhere, and in the absence of other shelter, that will be in public,” said Maria Foscarinis, speaking Monday on a panel discussing the inequities of access to housing and urban poverty. The founder and executive director … Continue reading

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For Homeless Youth, Getting an Education is Easier Said Than Done

Concerns regarding student loans are increasing.  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are making ample time to discuss this issue in the presidential campaign. However, the majority of Americans do not realize how fortunate they are. Most of the college students … Continue reading

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A Painful Truth

Philadelphia; Denver; Ashland, OR. What do these cities have in common? They are all addressing homelessness and poverty by making it a crime. And in Sunday’s edition of the USA Today, we shared a painful truth: they’re not alone. Across … Continue reading

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Troubling Increase in Criminalization Laws Continues

The startling trend of criminalizing the behavior of homeless persons is continuing across the country. Despite advocacy by the Law Center, Denver has begun enforcing a ban on camping. The law defines camping as any attempt to cook or sleep … Continue reading

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Staff Profile: Meet Cecilia Dos Santos, Pro Bono Coordinator

Asked to describe herself in three adjectives, Cecilia Dos Santos, the Law Center’s pro bono coordinator, responded: “Loud.  If you couldn’t tell.  I have very strong opinions.  And I like meeting and working with new people.” Born in Buenos Aires, … Continue reading

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