In the public eye: Addressing the negative impact of laws regulating public space on people experiencing homelessness

This report presents 10 recommendations for a better informed, more effective, more efficient response to people experiencing homelessness in public spaces.

It is informed by the insights, expertise and practical experience of over 60 experts from over 40 organisations in the US, Canada and Europe, as well as the evidence-base from Homeless Law’s provision of direct legal services to approximately 200 clients with fines and charges for conduct directly related to homelessness each year.

It is hoped that these recommendations will inform conversations and contemplations about the way we as a community respond to visible homelessness and hardship, and contribute to a shift away from law enforcement and the justice system as the first resort for regulating public space.

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In the Public Eye: personal stories of homelessness and fines

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Australia, Canada, United States, Europe