Archive for the ‘Civil Rights’ Category

On Saturday, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) made pubic its latest report: Hate, Violence, and Death on Main Street USA 2008.

In a press release, the NCH highlighted some of the findings in the report.

News media across the nation picked up on the NCH press release, with some of them running headlines stating the Florida ranked first in the number of hate crimes perpetrated against the homeless during 2008.   (more…)

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Candidates vying for the office of Mayor in St. Petersburg, as part of their campaign promises, are telling potential voters that they will violate the First Amendment protected rights of certain citizens: specifically those of homeless persons who panhandle.   (more…)

In case you missed it, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) and the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) jointly released a 194 page report: Homes Not Handcuffs: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities a few days ago.

The report made headlines nationally because it rated U.S. cities based on their "legal" approaches toward homelessness (i.e. – laws and ordinances which "criminalize homelessness").   (more…)

Excerpted from: Criminalizing Homelessness Is Not A Solution – Part I

Nashua, New Hampshire; Gainesville, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; St. Petersburg, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

What do these cities have in common?

… the practice of penalizing the homeless – or those who offer the homeless assistance – and, in essence, criminalize homelessness.


In the previous three posts, I’ve given examples of what I personally consider to be the criminalization of homelessness in our nation.

Some cities have adopted ordinances aimed specifically at the homeless; prohibiting them from performing life-sustaining activities in public without providing the homeless with reasonable alternatives. In other instances, local government have used legislative methods to prevent private individuals and charitable groups from feeding the homeless in public areas, using the threats of fines – and in some cases, even arrest.   (more…)

Excerpted from: Criminalizing Homelessness Is Not A Solution – Part I

Nashua, New Hampshire; Gainesville, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; St. Petersburg, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

What do these cities have in common?

… the practice of penalizing the homeless – or those who offer the homeless assistance – and, in essence, criminalize homelessness.

While, it’s true that many cities across the nation use legislative and punitive measures as a way of "dealing" with local homeless populations, the five cities listed above are the ones which caught my eye.

Here’s why…


For about five years, members of the Green Valley Christian Center (GVCC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, have been handing out food to the homeless in their city.   (more…)