YOU DON'T HAVE TO OWN A HOME TO HAVE RIGHTS!
Nevada is in the middle of an affordable housing crisis, and agencies across the state are grappling with issues around homelessness. The ACLU of Nevada is increasingly concerned about the civil rights of our unsheltered neighbors.
Our major metropolitan areas in Northern and Southern Nevada are facing extreme shortages of affordable housing, especially for individuals and families falling into the extremely low income range, and local governments are failing to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents.
The ACLU of Nevada advocates for Housing First approaches and policies that address the root causes of homelessness. What we need is more permanent supportive housing, more wrap-around services like mental and behavioral health care, and more economic justice for all Nevadans; what local governments are delivering are more criminalization ordinances and more sweeps that harass people without shelter and shuffle them around our cities.
We are collaborating with community agencies and partners across the state as part of the Nevada Housing Rights Coalition to address the current housing crisis and advocate for the rights of unsheltered populations in Nevada. The coalition is working on several programs, including Know Your Rights trainings and programs for legal observation, public education, and pursuing policy changes.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS IF YOU'RE UNSHELTERED IN LAS VEGAS
Effective February 2020, the City of Las Vegas has enacted two high profile ordinances which allow law enforcement officers to issue criminal penalties to individuals experiencing homelessness.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS IF YOU'RE UNSHELTERED IN NORTHERN NEVADA
Nevadans struggling with homelessness have a right to exist in public spaces, and they have property rights.