MONITOR HOMELESS NIMBY for Nat. Law Center on Homelessness &

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 5 May 1998 05:53:09 -0700 (PDT)


http://www.handsnet.org/handsnet/handsnet2/Articles/art.891618309.html
Date posted: Fri Apr 3 7:45:09 PST 1998

  CONTACT Amanda Harrod
  National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, HNO749
  918 F Street NW Suite 412
  Washington, DC 20004
  202-638-2535 (phone); 202-628-2737 (fax)
  Email: nlchp@nlchp.org
  Website: http://www.nlchp.org


MONITORING BARRIERS: FOOD STAMPS, HOMELESS & NIMBY

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
nlchp@nlchp.org, 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
communities.

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. Please contact Amanda Harrod with
information on either project, and thank you for your help.


Amanda Harrod
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, HNO749
918 F Street NW Suite 412
Washington, DC 20004
202-638-2535 (phone); 202-628-2737 (fax)
Email: nlchp@nlchp.org
Website: http://www.nlchp.org

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