First Homeless Bill of Rights
The first Homeless Bill of Rights in the U.S. is expected to be signed into law by Rhode Island’s governor as early as next week. The bill would ban discrimination against homeless people and affirm their rights to equal access to jobs, housing and other services. The legislation would guarantee their rights to use public sidewalks, parks and public buildings without discrimination at a time when other states are outlawing behaviors related to homelessness. “I think we’ve set the bar high in the U.S. for homeless people, and I’m very proud of that,” said Senator John Tassoni, a sponsor of the bill.