National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

The Law Center's mission is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the national movement. The Law Center is a na... Read more

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The Law Center's mission is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the national movement.

The Law Center is a national leader in the fight to prevent and end homelessness. We apply our skills as lawyers to the complex issues that cause millions of people to go without housing each year.

We help create critical homeless assistance programs, like the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program, which helped over one million people remain in or return to housing. Think of the number of families whose suffering was prevented.

We help pass groundbreaking laws like the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, which makes sure tenants aren't evicted from their homes when a building's owner is foreclosed on. This keeps millions of low-income Americans from ending up on the street.

We make sure homeless children have the stable education they're entitled to under the law. This includes keeping them in the school they attended before becoming homeless and ensuring they receive free meals and transportation. By giving them a stable school life, we're giving them the chance to break the cycle of poverty and achieve their dreams.

We protect homeless people's civil rights, taking the lead in the fight to end laws criminalizing homelessness. We expose these laws as unconstitutional in courts across the country and help shape the national and international conversations on how we treat homeless Americans.

We hold the U.S. accountable to its human rights obligations, laying the groundwork for an enforceable right to housing in the American legal system. We work with the United Nations and advocates on the ground to expose human rights violations here at home and leverage pressure from the international community to ensure homeless people are treated with dignity.