July 15, 2016


We endorse the campaign for Housing Not Handcuffs. We agree that in order to end the crisis of homelessness, the criminalization of homelessness must end immediately. All persons experiencing homelessness should instead have access to affordable housing, education, health care, employment, income, and other opportunities and services that allow all to live with dignity. These are the only solutions to the crisis of homelessness from a moral, legal, fiscal, and policy perspective.


The Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign has been endorsed by many organizations and individuals across the country, including:

Public Officials

  • The Honorable Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General
  • Barbara Poppe, Former Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Bridgeport City Council Member Scott Burns
  • Metolius City Council Member Candy Canga
  • NYC Council Member Stephen Levin
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams
  • Seattle City Council Member Mike O’Brien
  • Vancouver City Council Member Ty Stober
  • City of Tallahassee Commissioner Gil Ziffer

Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Professionals

Law Enforcement Action Partnership

  • Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Chiraag Bains
  • Former Security Officer Dean Becker (United States Air Force)
  • Deputy Chief Stephen Downing (Ret.) (LAPD)
  • Chief Deputy Matthew Fogg (Ret.) (U.S. Marshals Service)
  • Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.) (Baltimore and Maryland State PDs)
  • Officer Brian Gaughan  (Ret.) (Davenport, IA and IL PDs)
  • Lt. Commander Diane Goldstein (Ret.) (Redondo Beach PD)
  • Former Police Corporal Tim Hitt (Monroe, LA PD)
  • Colonel Ed Jackson (Ret.) (Baltimore PD)
  • Senior Patrol Officer Tim Johnson (Ret.)
  • Former Patrol Officer Jerry Kaczmarek (New Orleans PD)
  • Officer Shelley Fox-Loken  (Ret.) (State of Oregon)
  • Former Police Corporal Corey Lowe (Clarkson, GA PD)
  • Judge Gordon McAllister (Ret.) (District Court of Tulsa, OK)
  • Former Officer and Sheriff’s Deputy Carrie Roberts (Colorado Dept. of Corrections)
  • Lt. Tony Ryan (Ret.) (Denver PD)
  • Chief Norm Stamper (Ret.) (Seattle PD)
  • Sgt. Carl Tennenbaum (Ret.) (San Francisco PD)

National Organizations:

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty*
National Coalition for the Homeless*
A Way Home America

Amnesty International USA
Center for Social Innovation
Colchester Creek

Coalition for Juvenile Justice (National)*
Family Promise (National)*
Funders Together to End Homelessness (National)*
The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (National)
Justice in Aging (National)
Kairos: The Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary (National)
League of United Latin American Citizens
National Alliance to End Homelessness*

National Center for Housing and Child Welfare
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel*
National Coalition for Legislation on Affordable Water
National Council of Jewish Women
National Economic & Social Rights Initiative
National Fair Housing Alliance
National Health Care for the Homeless Council*
National Housing Conference
National Housing Law Project
National Juvenile Justice Network
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Low Income Housing Coalition*
National Network for Youth*
National Network to End Domestic Violence

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice (National)
Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign
Poverty & Race Research Action Council (National)

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
SchoolHouse Connection (National)
StandUp For Kids (National)
The Salvation Army, National Headquarters
True Colors Fund
US Human Rights Network
Woodhull Freedom Foundation (National)

State, Regional and Local Organizations:

a Bigger Vision, LLC (Indianapolis, IN)*ACTS

Ali Forney Center (New York, NY)
Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic (New Haven, CT)
ArchCity Defenders (Saint Louis, MO)
Baltimore Area Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau

Barrier Free Living (New York, NY)
BeLoved Asheville ( Asheville, NC)
Bill Wilson Center (Santa Clara, CA)
Blacks in Government – Heritage Chapter (DC)
BronxWorks (NY)
Burrito Brigade (Eugene, OR)
California Homeless Youth Project*
Cape Haven, Inc (Auburn, NY)
Care for the Homeless (New York, NY)
Care for the Homeless Consumer Advisory Board (New York, NY)
Caridad ( Las Vegas, NV)
Catholic Worker House (San Antonio, TX)
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (Cambridge, MA)
Cherished Angels (Philadelphia, PA)
Chicago Anti Eviction Campaign
Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless*
Chico ACLU (Chico, CA)

Citizens Education & Advocacy (Roseburg, OR)
Civil Liberties Defense Center (Eugene, OR)
Coalition on Homelessness (San Francisco, CA)
Collective Action for Safe Spaces (DC)
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (Denver, CO)
Community Access (New York, NY)
Community Compassion Outreach Program of Durango Christian Church (Duragno, CO) 
Community Empowerment Fund (Chapel Hill, NC)
Community Renewal Society (Chicago, IL)
Community Solutions (NY)*
Cup of Cool Water (Spokane, WA)
DC Law Students In Court (DC)
Denver Relief Consulting
Detroit Action Commonwealth*
Disability Rights Maryland
Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing (Dover, DE)
East Bay for Everyone (Oakland, CA)
Elder Law and Disability Rights Center (Santa Ana, CA)
Eric S. Louttit/Attorney at Law (N.Clarendon, VT)
Eugene Human Rights Commission (Eugene, OR)*
Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network (Jobs With Justice) (Eugene, OR)
Fair Housing Justice Center (Long Island City, NY)
Family Tree House Assisted Living (Greenville, NC)
Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection
Florida Legal Services, Inc.
Four Freedoms Forum (Honolulu, HI)
Fox House (New York, NY)
Gravity Podcast ( San Francisco, CA)
Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition*
Harvard Law School Homelessness Coalition (MA)
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (MA)
Health Care for the Homeless (MD)
Heartland Alliance (Chicago, IL)
Hearts Full of Grace Inc. (Virginia Beach, VA)
Helping Hands Development Center, Inc. (Wilmington, DE)
HerStory Ensemble (DE)*Homeless & Hungry
Homeless Advocacy Project
Homeless & Housing Coalition of Kentucky
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) 

Homeless Rights Advocacy Project (Seattle, WA)
Homeless Services United (New York, NY)
Homeless Voices of Redding 
Homeless Youth Law Clinic (Portland, OR)
Hope 4 Restoration (Anaheim, CA)

House of Hope (West Warwick, RI)*
House the Homeless Inc. (Austin, TX)*
Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (PA)
Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (Providence, RI)
Human Rights Advocates (Berkeley, CA)
Human Service News and Information TV Program (Cambridge, MA)
I Am My Brother’s Helper, Inc (Waukegan, IL)
Inner City Law Center (CA)
Justia Agenda-Fordham University (NY)
La Casa Norte (Chicago, IL)
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (CA)
Law Office of Carol Sobel (Santa Monica, CA)
Law Office of William Kennedy (Elk Grove, CA)
Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc.
Life House, Inc. (Duluth, MN)
Loaves and Fishes Community (Duluth, MN)*
Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN)
Low Income Housing Institute (WA)
Martin & Mack LLP (Arcata, CA)
Mercy Housing Lakefront (Chicago, IL)
Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc.*
MFY Legal Services, Inc. (New York, NY)
Mid-America Advocates
Miriam’s House
Mission in Citrus Inc. (Crystal River, FL)
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MD)
Nazareth Housing Inc. (New York, NY)
New Ground Inc. (New York, NY)
New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness
New Jim Crow Movement (Jacksonville, FL)*
New Jim Crow Movement (Vallejo, CA)
Ninth Circuit Public Defender (Charleston, SC)
Open Table Nashville
Operation Nightwatch – Portland
Orange County Poverty Alleviation Coalition (Orange County, CA)
Parable of the Sower Intentional Community Cooperative (Jacksonville, FL)*
People Helping People Ministry and Outreach (San Diego, CA)
Peoples’ Institute for Housing Justice (Chicago, IL)
Picture the Homeless
Poly-Connection (Greenbrook, NJ)
Positive Tomorrows (Oklahoma City, OK)
Project Renewal, Inc. (New York, NY)
Propel Foundation, Inc. (DC)
Providence House Inc. (Brooklyn, NY)
Public Justice Center (Baltimore, MD)Rahlowtisity*
Rankin & Taylor PLLC (New York, NY)
Refuge Ministries of Tampa Bay/International
Release Aging People in Prison (New York, NY)
Rick Vanstory Resource Center (Wilmington, DE) 

Root & Rebound (Oakland, CA)
Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness*
Sacred Heart Community Service (San Jose, CA)
Safer Foundation (Chicago, IL)
Safety Net Activists (New York, NY)
San Antonio Catholic Worker Community (San Antonio, TX)
San Diego Housing Emergency Alliance (CA)
Saint Francis Homeless Challenge (San Francisco, CA)
Santa Clara University – International Human Rights Clinic (CA)
Signs of Providence (Providence, RI)
Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing
Southern Legal Counsel (FL)*
Spark of Hope (Margate, FL)
St. Johns County Legal Aid ( St. Augustine, FL)
St. Joseph Services (Chicago, IL)
Street Democracy ( Detroit, MI)
Street Sense (Washington, DC)*
Street Sheet (San Francisco, CA)
Teen Living Programs (Chicago, IL)
TENAC (DC Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition (Washington, DC)
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Mathew (Wilmington, DE)
The Institute for Family Health (New York, NY)
The Kearney Center (Tallahassee, FL)
The Osborne Association (Brooklyn, NY)
The Public Interest Law Project (Oakland, CA)
The Talking Drum Incorporated*
Tolentine Zeiser (Bronx, NY)
University of Mary Washington Homelessness and Human Rights Research Group (VA)

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (Cambridge, MA)
Uptown People’s Law Center (Chicago, IL)
Urban Justice Center (New York, NY)
Urban Pathways (New York, NY)
Vermont Workers Center
Vivian’s Angels (Atlanta, GA)
Waking the Village: Tubman House (Sacramento, CA)
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless ( DC)*
Welcome Home Coalition (Portland, OR)
Western Center on Law & Poverty (CA)
Western Regional Advocacy Project (OR, CO, CA)*
YIMBY Action (San Francisco, CA)
Young Women’s Freedom Center (San Francisco, CA)
YouthCenter (Seattle, WA)


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  • Alejo, Angelyn
  • Alston, Calvin
  • Alston Toure’, Aleta*
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  • Andrade, Paul
  • Anne, Cheryl
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  • Aten, Diane*
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  • Dennis, Jasmyn
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  • Deputy, Danielle
  • DeVigal, Andrew
  • Diaz, Alexis
  • Dickerson, Deborah
  • DiPietro, Jessica
  • Dixon, Leah
  • Donley, Michael
  • Dorsky, Gayle
  • Dostert, Carol*
  • Dougherty, Bob
  • Dougherty, Katharine
  • Downes, Rick
  • DuBois, Kimberly
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  • Elie, Kirt
  • Elling, Kayla
  • Eraser, Patricia
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  • Evans, Daniel
  • Everidge, Caroline
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  • Fernandez, Janelle*
  • Ferrera, Cynthia
  • Fiessi, Anita
  • Fitzgerald, Lauria
  • Fleming, Willie JR
  • Flowers, Nathlyn
  • Follendorf, Silas
  • Ford, Candace
  • Foscarinis, Maria*
  • Foreman, Jeff
  • Frankel, Allison
  • Fugere, Patricia Mullahy
  • Gale, Patricia
  • Galipeau, Michael
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  • Ganem, Pixie
  • Gevurtz, Steve
  • Gilbert White, DeBorah*
  • Gillcrist, David
  • Gilmour, Dani*
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  • Gordon, Remy
  • Gorley, Rebecca
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  • Graham, Etta
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  • Haywood, Deborah
  • Haussling, Damien*
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  • Hernandez, Omar
  • Herrera, Victor
  • Herwig, Gary
  • Herzog, Nina
  • Hirsch FAIA, Thomas
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  • Holt, Marta
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  • Huang, Margaret
  • Hukari, Jim
  • Huttenlocker, Joseph
  • Hyatt, Shahera*
  • Hyde, Marcus*
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  • Ihthsham, Mary
  • Immerso, Helen
  • Interiano, Nathalie
  • Jang, Younsook
  • Jasper, Yolanda
  • Johnson, Colleen
  • Johnston, Douglas
  • Johnson, Joanna
  • Johnson, Marla
  • Johnson, Shonte
  • Jones, Marsha
  • Jones, Stella
  • Judge, Steve
  • Kamran, Rachel
  • Kang Bartlett, Andrew
  • Kang, Sara Yae Jin
  • Kapp, Heather
  • Katovich, Scout
  • Kaufmann, Craig
  • Kearney, Rick
  • Keller, Richard
  • Kier, Allison
  • King-Kerge, Myra
  • Knebel, Melinda*
  • Knecht, Barbara
  • Knutson, Sarah*
  • Konkel, Brenda*
  • Kopp-Richardson, Sydney
  • Krueger, Linda
  • Labossiere, Adrien
  • Lahr, Michael
  • Landy, Rebecca 
  • Latimer, Denver
  • Latora, Zattanita
  • Lau, Pearl
  • Lawson, Ron
  • Leavitt, Noah
  • Lee, Amber
  • Lee, Tammie
  • Lennon, RJ
  • Lester, Valerie
  • LeTourneau, Alice
  • Levy-Lavelle, Pat
  • NYC Council Member Stephen Levin
  • Levy, David
  • Lewis, Denise
  • Libal, Kathryn
  • Liebow, Harriet
  • Lima, Linaise
  • Logan, Donald
  • Lopez, Myrna
  • Lubelfeld, Andrea
  • Lue, Charisse
  • Madaras, Naomi
  • Malester, Pamela
  • Maldonado, Alh
  • Maldonado, Ramona
  • Malebranche, Philip
  • Mallett, Camille
  • Malvan, Ulysses
  • Mandarano, Nick
  • Manheimer, Marion
  • Mann, Lenee
  • Marin, Kate
  • Marinaccio, Paul
  • Markee, Diane
  • Martin, Wayne
  • Maschi, Tina
  • Mattos, Rebecca
  • Maynard, Ron
  • McCammack, Janelle
  • McCray, Bertie
  • McCoy, Donna
  • McDermott, John R
  • McFarlin, Jackie
  • McGuckin, Laurie
  • McLaughlin, Mary
  • McNicholas, Edward*
  • Meinerts, Tena
  • Mello, Gina
  • Meng, Michael R
  • Michel, Sonya
  • Middleton Moore, Tashena
  • Miller, Kelly
  • Miller, Vilna
  • Mills, Bekki
  • Mitchell, John Wesley
  • Miramonti, Jennifer
  • Millhollen, Anne
  • Mills, Rebecca
  • Moiseyev, Natasha
  • Moiseyev-Foster, Sasha
  • Montanez, Raymond
  • Moore, Iesha
  • Morgan, Brianna
  • Morrisett, Joshua
  • Munoz, Norma
  • Murphy, Cathleen
  • Murray, Johnna
  • Navarro, Melicia
  • Negron, Juana
  • Nesta, Linda
  • Neubeck, Ken*
  • Newton, Timmy
  • Nickerson, Sherry
  • Niemiec, Jordyn
  • Nitasaka, Deborah
  • Noel, Yolande
  • Nunez, Daria
  • Nunez, Mel
  • Nunez, Vicki
  • Obermeyer, Chris
  • O’Donnell, Evanne
  • Ong, Allison
  • Ortiz, Marie Bell
  • Oritz-Cedeño, Keyanna
  • Orum, James
  • Ostrander, Darien
  • Ozdeger, Tulin
  • Padgett, John 
  • Padilla, Monique
  • Parker, James
  • Patel, Jayesh
  • Paul, Nat
  • Pennacchia, Stephani
  • Penny, Lisa
  • Phinney, James
  • Plasschaert, Rd
  • Plauche, Chris
  • Pratt, Patrice
  • Prettyman, Thomas
  • Presha, Arnold
  • Price, Vernon
  • Puella, Katie
  • Quinn, Emma
  • Raimo, Rodney
  • Rankin, Sara*
  • Rashid, Hasson
  • Raven, Jessica
  • Raymond, Reta
  • Rebman, Thomas
  • Redd, Thomas
  • Redford, Laura
  • Reid, Patrick
  • Reinhardt, Max
  • Rensky, Melissa
  • Rhodes, Paula R
  • Rivera, Crystal
  • Rivera, Francisco
  • Rivera, Steven
  • Roberts, Henrieese
  • Roberts, Patricia
  • Robinson, Robert*
  • Rocha, Camille
  • Rodriguez, Sonia
  • Roisman, Florence Wagman
  • Rolle, Gregory Warren (GW)
  • Rose, Dora
  • Rosen, Jeremy
  • Ruiz, Glorin
  • Sacharko, Jan-Michael
  • Sadoff, Eli
  • Sampley, Mandy
  • Sanchez, Tom
  • Santana, Desiree
  • Santos, Michael*
  • Sawyer, Don*
  • Sayers, Monica
  • Scott, Cynthia
  • Shining, Carolin
  • Siebers, Lori 
  • Sielicki, Heather
  • Sillyman, Dakota
  • Sinn, Laura
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  • Smith, Megan*
  • Smitherman, Jarius
  • Sobel, Carol
  • Soper, Brittany
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  • Spitz, Lilly
  • Sporny, Sarah
  • Spriggs, Merideth
  • Spring, Josh
  • Spitz, Lilly
  • Sporny, Sarah
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  • Staudenmaier, Ann Marie
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  • Stephenson, Stuart
  • Sullivan, Paul
  • Sultan, Stefan
  • Suttorp, Katy
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  • Tars, Eric
  • Taylor, Daniel
  • Teall, Emily
  • Tebrugge, Adam*
  • Tenzer-Manago, Helene
  • Thomas, Elizabeth
  • Thomas, Loretta
  • Trauss, Milo
  • Troxell, Richard R*
  • Tucker, Jasmine
  • Turnage, Linda
  • Turner, Brenda
  • Vazquez, Linda
  • Vedvig, Hillary
  • Vigil, Angela
  • Viklund, Amy
  • Vittetoe, Hesper
  • Walker, Kathy
  • Wall, Megan
  • Warden, John
  • Watson, Brian
  • Watson, Jennifer
  • Watts, Bobby
    Weiss, Amy Farah
  • Weitzman, Brooke
  • West, Raymond
  • Weston, Kathleen
  • White, Chuck
  • Whitehead, Donald*
  • Wider, Dorinda
  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls
  • Winchester, Suzy
  • Wilkes, John
  • Wilkins, Brittney
  • Williams, Alisha
  • Williams, Gayle
  • Williams, Juanita
  • Williams, Michelle
  • Williams, Patricia
  • Wilson, Ashanti
  • Wilson, Dianne
  • Winkler, Inga
  • Wolf, Ava
  • Wright, Barbara
  • Wright, Margaret
  • Wright, Patricia
  • Wlodarek, Desiree
  • Young, Lauren
  • Yungman, Jeff
  • Zawoluk, Alice

*Campaign initiators

As of December 15, 2017