Lauren Bennett

Federal Police Use Violent Force Against Family Living in Park – Pattern of Violence Continues

Forest Service Police Injured Disabled Family Members Media Contact: Yuderis Verges, info@homelesslaw.org, 202-638-2535 Ext. 110 Washington, D.C. | August 23, 2023 – The National Coalition for Housing Justice (NCHJ) calls on the Biden-Harris administration to stop using federal police to respond to homelessness.  In May of this year, undercover U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land …

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Policing- and punishment-based approaches: A really expensive way to make homelessness worse

August 2023 The National Coalition for Housing Justice (NCHJ) is aligned behind seeking housing justice in order to end homelessness, including youth homelessness. The national organizations that make up the NCHJ represent advocates and leaders in national efforts to end homelessness.  The coalition condemns the ongoing use of police — at local, state, and federal …

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NCHJ Statement on the Biden-Harris and Bowser Administrations’ Forced Removal of Unhoused People in McPherson Square

Washington, D.C., February 15, 2023 – Today, the Biden-Harris administration forcibly removed unhoused people from McPherson Square before all unhoused individuals in the encampment were housed – an action strongly condemned by the National Coalition for Housing Justice (NCHJ) as cruel and counterproductive to efforts to end homelessness. By forcibly removing people experiencing homelessness from …

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NCHJ calls on the Biden-Harris administration and Bowser administration to immediately halt plans to forcibly remove unhoused people in McPherson Square

DOWNLOAD PDF Washington, D.C. – National members of the National Coalition for Housing Justice (NCHJ) call on the Biden-Harris administration and Bowser administration to immediately halt plans to forcibly remove unhoused people in McPherson Square on Wednesday, February 15, two months ahead of schedule before all unhoused individuals in the encampment have been housed or …

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Involuntary Hospitalization of People Experiencing Homelessness or Mental Illness Perpetuates Harm and Trauma

December 21, 2022 New York City Mayor Eric Adams’s recent announcement that the city will institutionalize people who are experiencing homelessness or mental illness without their consent is harmful and inhumane. As a coalition of 14 national housing justice advocacy organizations, the National Coalition for Housing Justice (NCHJ) condemns this action, which is in direct …

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NATIONAL COALITION FOR HOUSING JUSTICE RESPONDS TO FEDERAL STRATEGIC PLAN TO PREVENT AND END HOMELESSNESS

December 19, 2022 Today, the U.S Interagency Council on Homelessness released its new Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, All In. We are encouraged by the agency’s leadership through the Plan which promotes an evidence-based Housing First approach that includes housing and supports, choice, and voice. These are important and effective strategies and …

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National Coalition for Housing Justice Statement on Equitable Pay

The National Coalition for Housing Justice is committed to seeking housing justice in order to end homelessness. Pursuing housing justice includes supporting staff- many of whom are BIPOC and have lived experience of homelessness- who work on the front lines of our field with fair wages that can support living in safe and stable housing.

The National Coalition for Housing Justice Statement on the Appointment of Jeff Olivet to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

February 7, 2022 Last week, The Biden Administration named Jeff Olivet as the new Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). The National Coalition for Housing Justice (NCHJ), whose membership knows Mr. Olivet and his work well, welcomes him to this role and looks forward to partnering with him and USICH as …

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Signal Boost: Former HUD staff urge housing investments in Built Back Better Act

The National Coalition for Housing Justice applauds the nearly 40 former staff of HUD who sent a letter urging President Biden, Majority Leader Schumer, and Speaker Pelosi to maintain House-passed funding levels for housing in the Build Back Better Act. We have shared the text in full below, and the letter can also be found …

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