RI considers first ‘Homeless Bill of Rights’

Perhaps the result of common myths and misconceptions, many homeless individuals face discrimination on a daily basis. Some are denied access to public services, and others receive dirty looks from those who pass by.

According to a recent Huffington Post article, in an attempt to protect homeless individuals from unjust treatment, Rhode Island lawmakers have proposed a Homeless Bill of Rights.

This first-of-its-kind legislation would prohibit law enforcement, health care workers, landlords, and employers from treating homeless individuals unfairly because of their housing status.

“Nobody decides one day they want to be homeless,” said Rhode Island Senator John Tassoni, the bill’s sponsor. “And nobody deserves to put up with the stuff these people have to deal with every day. It’s time we did something to stop the appalling things that go on.”

The bill passed the Rhode Island Senate in early May, and all of us at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida are interested to see what happens when it reaches the House.

What are your thoughts about Rhode Island’s potential Homeless Bill of Rights?