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Forum Post: RI lawmakers consider "Homeless Bill of Rights"

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 18, 2012, 7 a.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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The so-called "Homeless Bill of Rights" is intended to prohibit landlords, police, health care workers and others from treating homeless people unfairly. The legislation's sponsor, Sen. John J. Tassoni, said most Rhode Islanders don't realize homeless people frequently encounter discrimination.

"If it doesn't affect you personally it's easy to forget about these people," said Tassoni, a Smithfield Democrat. "This would give people something to rely on. These people are already struggling, and too often they have their dignity taken away from them too."

The bill specifically guarantees homeless people equal access to voting, housing, public buildings, public transportation, social services, employment and law enforcement. http://www.boston.com/news/local/rhode_island/articles/2012/01/17/ri_lawmakers_consider_homeless_bill_of_rights/

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[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

I love the positive focus of all your posts. It really helps keep my spirits up! Thanks, and keep them coming!

[+] -6 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Thanks, Gypsy. :)

[-] 1 points by JamesS89118 (646) from Las Vegas, NV 2 years ago

A glimmer of morality :)

The homeless could easily be accommodated now by expanding Section 8 thereby saving homeowners as well!

Too bad those silly homeless don't get more Lobbyists.