In June of 2012, Rhode Island took a meaningful stand to protect the civil rights of homeless people and passed the nation's first statewide Homeless Bill of Rights. We plan to learn from their model. St. Anthony's is working with California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D, San Francisco) and the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), a West Coast grassroots network of homeless people's organizations, on AB 5: The California Homeless Person's Bill of Rights and Fairness Act. We need your support.
Did you know that homeless people can face discrimination in employment, housing, access to services, and even in the ability to be in public space? This type of discrimination makes the lives of homeless people, already struggling with poverty, even more difficult and makes their likelihood of escaping poverty even slimmer.
Pledge to join our campaign and we will keep you in the loop about how to be involved and how to take action to make sure that homeless people's rights are protected.
If you're a California resident, please contact your state legislative representatives and let them know that you support AB5, The California Homeless Persons' Bill of Rights and Fairness Act. Go to http://bit.ly/QbaY49 to find out who represents you in the California legislature.