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Forum Post: Connecticut Passes Landmark ‘Homeless Person’s Bill Of Rights’ Law

Posted 1 year ago on June 12, 2013, 2:03 p.m. EST by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC
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Connecticut is on the cusp of enacting a major new law to protect people who are homeless from discrimination. Last week, Connecticut lawmakers passed the “Homeless Person’s Bill Of Rights” at the literal 11th hour — 11:30pm on June 5th, one half hour before the legislative session ended. The bill, SB 896, a landmark piece of legislation to protect homeless individuals’ rights, adds homeless people as a protected class who can’t be discriminated against in employment, housing, or public accommodations. It also includes protections for homeless people to move freely in public spaces, such as parks and sidewalks, without being singled out for harassment by law enforcement officers.

Here are the bill’s seven protections: (1) Move freely in public spaces, including on public sidewalks, in public parks, on public transportation and in public buildings without harassment or intimidation from law enforcement officers in the same manner as other persons; (2) Have equal opportunities for employment; (3) Receive emergency medical care; (4) Register to vote and to vote; (5) Have personal information protected; (6) Have a reasonable expectation of privacy in his or her personal property; and (7) Receive equal treatment by state and municipal agencies.

more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/12/2139181/connecticut-homeless/

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[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4493) 1 year ago

Excellent.

[-] 1 points by Nell350 (4) 1 year ago

It is about time, now onto the rest of the states.

[-] 0 points by Stormcrow2 (-184) 1 year ago

I would think that everyone has those rights - If conn is discriminating then no wonder the law has passed.

[-] 1 points by Nell350 (4) 1 year ago

It's nation wide issue. Homeless individuals are the equivalent of second class citizens in the US. As a career counselor I have see hundreds of homeless individuals (well-qualified) excluded from employment, simply because they do not have an address.

[-] 0 points by gameon (-51) 1 year ago

Will Greenwich now welcome homeless people on their streets and sleeping in their parks? Seems Conn. is giving more rights to homeless people than the USA give to reast of its citizens , especially # 5 , # 6 .