Anti-Homeless Laws

Encampment of unhoused people with tents and draped fabrics in Austin, Texas

Unhoused Austin Population Spikes Under Reinstated Camping Ban

The Texas capital is struggling to house its unsheltered residents even as the city commits more resources to building and acquiring more affordable housing units.

September 12, 2022 - Next City

Cherry Creek

Voters, Judge Block Expansion of Denver's Anti-Homeless Camping Ban

Denver voters this week rejected Initiated Ordinance 303, written by chairman of the Denver Republican Party, which would have expanded the city's controversial camping ban.

November 5, 2021 - The Denver Post


Protests Push O.C. to Kill Its First Real Plan to Help the Homeless

The affluent county finally authorized a concrete plan to address a housing crisis, but forceful opposition from residents put them 'back to Square One.'

March 29, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

Anti homeless bench

An Artist Campaigns Against Anti-Homeless 'Hostile Design'

Bournemouth native Stuart Semple is intent on "naming and shaming the bodies who fund and install these things."

February 12, 2018 - The Art Newspaper

Helping the homeless

Homeless Tourism

In cities like Prague and London, tourists can take tours guided by homeless guides.

April 23, 2017 - The Guardian

Homeless Cars

Los Angeles Bans Sleeping in Cars

Critics of new regulations by the city of Los Angeles that ban sleeping in cars and RVs overnight say the new restrictions amount to a ban on homeless people.

February 7, 2017 - KPCC


Cities Facing Lawsuits Over New Homeless Crackdowns

As more cities attempt to crackdown on homelessness, legal fights have broken out as advocates for the homeless fight back against the criminalization of panhandling and camping in public.

June 6, 2016 - The Washington Post

Nicollet Mall

Whose Comfort Matters in Public Spaces?

In overhauling the appearance and ambience of a popular mall, the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Minneapolis City Council have promoted strategies beyond heavy-handed policing, including philanthropy, social services, and community engagement.

November 21, 2015 - Shelterforce/Rooflines

Skid Row

Conflicting Stories From Los Angeles' Skid Row

As the city considers new ordinances making it easier for police to break up homeless camps, residents say forced displacement is already underway. Police deny an increase in homeless sweeps.

August 31, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

Litigation of Boise Anti-Camping Ordinance Could Have National Implications

A lawsuit in Boise could decide the future of one policy response to homelessness—making it illegal to sleep in public.

August 10, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

The Resurgence of Anti-Homeless Policy and Design

A report by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley tracks the proliferation of vagrancy laws in the Golden State. Meanwhile, The Guardian notes the spread of so-called "defensive architecture."

February 19, 2015 - Social Science Research Network

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