UN Calls for Action on Laws Criminalizing Homelessness

Prohibiting Loitering, Camping,
Begging and Lying in Public Spaces Discriminatory

No Safe PlaceThe United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today issued a statement calling upon the United States to take corrective action to address laws that effectively criminalize homelessness, which in the U.S. disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities.

The statement was included as part of the committee’s concluding recommendations following a review of U.S. government compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Among the laws cited as discriminatory were laws that prohibit activities such as loitering, camping, begging, and lying in public spaces.

Click here for a press release from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.