The Homeless Bill of Rights

In 2012, Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to pass a Homeless Bill of Rights, ensuring that no one is discriminated based on their housing status. For the first time, basic rights, such as the right to vote, to access gainful employment, or gain housing, can't be denied because someone lists a shelter or a street corner as their address.

But how did this all happen? What lead Rhode Island's General Assembly to pass the Homeless Bill of Rights? How is it being implemented? And what lessons are there for other states attempting to repeat the process?

These pages attempt to answer those questions.

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