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Nationwide Effort Calls for Housing, Not Handcuffs
by National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
(July 17, 2019, Washington, D.C.) – Today, the #IAskForHelpBecause Campaign launched its second round of a nationwide effort to strike down bans on panhandling and to replace them with more constructive policies that address the root causes of homelessness. Since the 2015 decision in Norton v. Springfield that found any targeting of speech asking for donations for punishment invokes the strictest scrutiny under First Amendment protections, every ordinance limiting panhandling, begging, or soliciting donations challenged in court has been found unconstitutional—36 to date—and at least an additional 31 cities have repealed their ordinances without litigation. Advocates in eight states are demanding 37 cities repeal panhandling bans and redirect resources to housing and other support for people experiencing homelessness. This campaign is part of the broader Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign launched in 2016.
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