NLCHP seeks info on Food Services NIMBY/Food Stamps Barriers FWD

Tom Boland (
Wed, 1 Apr 1998 17:58:40 -0800 (PST)

FWD  CC Replies to
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty - request for information

Dear Mr. Boland:

Please consider the following for posting on HPN. You posted our
previous request for information about people's experiences with food
stamps and we received several helpful responses.

Katie McGovern
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

Monitoring Projects on Barriers that Prevent Homeless Individuals from
Accessing Federal Food Stamp Benefits &
Local Opposition to Food Services for Homeless Individuals

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty would appreciate your
help with two new monitoring projects.  Each project is briefly
described below, but please contact Amanda Harrod at the Law Center by
email at, by phone at 202-638-2535, or by fax at
202-628-2737 for more information.

To increase the number of eligible homeless people who are receiving
food stamps, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty would
like your assistance in identifying the barriers that prevent homeless
people from accessing food stamp benefits.  We are collecting studies
and information gathered by local groups regarding barriers encountered
by homeless individuals trying to obtain food stamps, such as limited
access to information regarding eligibility requirements.  We will
compile our findings into a report on the extent and kinds of barriers
homeless individuals around the country face.  The report will be used
to assist local advocates, press for better policies, and protect the
rights of homeless people.

The Law Center has also launched a new project to monitor the nature and
extent of local opposition to food service programs (soup kitchens,
mobile feeding vans, religious or church based feeding programs, etc.)
from neighbors and/or local governments who object to the presence of
such programs in their communities.  Opposition to shelter and services
for homeless people and efforts to exclude such facilities from local
communities based on the Not In My Backyard (or "NIMBY") syndrome are
increasingly common across the U.S.  NIMBY opposition occurs despite a
tremendous need for services for homeless and low-income people in many

The Law Center needs your help to gather information about NIMBY
opposition food service providers face.  We are also interested in
learning of programs that have successfully avoided or overcome such
opposition and the strategies used in these achievements.  If you know
of instances in which a food service program for homeless or low-income
people has experienced NIMBY opposition, contact Amanda Harrod at:

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
918 F Street NW Suite 412
Washington, DC  20004
202-638-2535 (phone); 202-628-2737 (fax)

Thank you for your help!


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