The Federal Government Says Being Homeless Should Not Be A Crime

Prosecuting people for sleeping in public "violates their constitutional rights."

WASHINGTON -- Laws that make it a crime for homeless people to sleep in public places even when there isn't enough room for them at a shelter unconstitutionally punish the homeless, lawyers for the Obama administration said in a court filing on Thursday.

The federal government took this position against so-called anti-camping laws in an ongoing case against the city of Boise, Idaho, which has enforced ordinances banning sleeping in public spaces and ended up convicting homeless plaintiffs.
Attorneys in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division argued that "the conduct of sleeping in a public place is indistinguishable from the status of homelessness" and that it should be "uncontroversial that punishing conduct that is a universal and unavoidable consequence of being human" violates the Eighth Amendment. They noted that "finding a safe and legal place to sleep can be difficult or even impossible" for many homeless people.



"Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity -- i.e., it must occur at some time in some place.  If a person literally has nowhere else to go, then enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance against that person criminalizes her for being homeless," the filing stated. 
"Criminally prosecuting those individuals for something as innocent as sleeping, when they have no safe, legal place to go, violates their constitutional rights," Vanita Gupta, the head of the Civil Rights Division, said in a statement.
"Moreover, enforcing these ordinances is poor public policy," said Gupta. "Needlessly pushing homeless individuals into the criminal justice system does nothing to break the cycle of poverty or prevent homelessness in the future. Instead, it imposes further burdens on scarce judicial and correctional resources, and it can have long-lasting and devastating effects on individuals' lives." 

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New Date: Grant Based Accounting for HOPWA Grantees Webinar - August 17, 2015 - 2:00 PM EDT


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New Date:
Grant Based Accounting for HOPWA Grantees Webinar - August 17, 2015 - 2:00 PM EDT


This webinar to be held on August 17, 2015, is designed for HOPWA grantees as an introduction to grant based accounting principles and practices.
Participants will learn:
  • The reason for the change to Grant Based Accounting for FY 2015 and beyond
     
  • How the “Division of Funding Sources” will operate in IDIS including setting up projects, activities, and funding of activities
     
  • The mechanics of revising vouchers
     
  • The impact of expenditure deadlines
     
  • The impact on the Action Plan and CAPER
     
  • Where to find updated GBA information on the HUD Exchange
     
  • How to obtain answers to additional questions (via the IDIS AAQ desk)

Who Should Attend?

Registration will be limited to one staff member per grantee only in order to accommodate as many grantee organizations as possible.
The Grant Based Accounting for HOPWA Grantees Webinar is relevant to HOPWA grantees and IDIS users. This webinar is limited to 1,500 participants and registration for this training will close either once maximum capacity has been reached or one hour prior to the webinar start time – whichever occurs first.

Training Point of Contact

Deirdre Tomlinson | 781.373.7073 | ATT@air.org
To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to HUD Exchange Training and Events.

Registering for the Grant Based Accounting for HOPWA Grantees Webinar

Access the registration page below and then select Register Now on the right side of the page.
If you have not yet registered for a HUD Exchange Learn account:
  1. Select Create an Account
  2. Enter your information on Steps 1 and 2 of the registration page.
  3. Select Register
  4. You will be brought directly to the course detail page in HUD Exchange Learn and an email containing your username will be sent to you. Keep this for future use
  5. Select the checkbox next to the class name and location and then select Enroll in this Class
If you have already registered for an HUD Exchange Learn account:
  1. Enter your Username and Password; select Log in
  2. If prompted to fill out additional information, please do so, and select Update
  3. You will be brought directly to the course detail page in HUD Exchange Learn
  4. Select the checkbox next to the class name and location and then select Enroll in this Class
If you are unsure if you have an HUD Exchange Learn account:
  • Go to the HUD Exchange Login page, and enter your email address into the field: Forget Username or Password?
  • If a username for that email address already exists, you will receive an email with a temporary password that you can use to follow the steps above. If not, you’ll receive an error message.

Additional Instructions

Additional instructions and screenshots are available in the HUD Exchange Learn User Guide. After you have successfully registered for HUD Exchange Learn, you can register for upcoming trainings/webinars.