Civil Rights Campaign







Our Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign (HBR) strives to ensure that ALL people have the basic right to live where they choose without fear of harassment and criminalization.  Today, numerous laws infringe on poor people’s equal protection under the law.We have introduced legislation called the Right to Rest in CaliforniaOregon  & Colorado  to overturn local laws targeted to remove certain people from public space. While the legislation did not make it out of committee in these three states this year, we will continue to build up our organizing efforts to come back next year with an even stronger legislative fight.  The HBR campaign is more than an effort to pass state legislation. It is a way of working collectively with groups possessing different talents to address the injustices which we face in our communities. Though we have not been granted an immediate victory, we are building the power to create a social justice movement that will create a society where we can all thrive.

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California Right to Rest Act

Oregon Right to Rest Act

Colorado Right to Rest Act



Right to Rest Act Summary pfd 

Bill Summary pfd 


WRAP  Campaign  Manual pfd 


Organizational Endorsements pfd

Organizational Endorsement Form pdf


Homeless Bill of Rights Fact Sheet pdf or Espanol pdf

HistoricalCriminalizationFactSheet or Espanol pdf

Homeless Bill of Rigths Day of Action Flyers



California’s New Vagrancy Laws Report by UC BerkeleyLaw PDF
The growing enactment and enforcement of Anti-Homeless Laws in the Golden State  


Campaign Power Point Presentation January 2015  &  Presentation Talking  Points 

L . A .  Homeless Bill of Rights Power Point Presentation Fall 2013 pdf

WithOut Housing Organizers Toolkit Power Point Presentation    read more…




Uprising with Sonali: Interview with Eric Ares on the Homeless Bill of Rights

Right to Housing Should be Upheld

Homeless Advocates Fighting for More Rights 

US Homeless Pin Hopes on “Bill of Rights” To End Criminalization in 2015

The Hidden Epidemic of Youth Homelessness 

Overcriminalized KBOo Interview with Paul Boden  

Pressing the issue: Art Hezelwood’s imagery and action on the homeless front 

Decriminalizing Homelessness KBOO interview with Monica Beemer and Ibrahim Mubarak

House Keys Not Handcuffs: An Interview with Paul Boden by Mike Rhodes 

Homeless Rights Advocate Paul Boden – Tavis Smiley Interview 

Local Commissions Speak Out on Criminalization of Homelessness – In Defense of Human Rights

Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign Video : #ThisCrowWon’tFly


WRAP Jan 17th Day of Action

What America’s Most Vulnerable Need: A Bill of Rights for the Homeless

Do You Ignore Homeless People?

2 Years in Jail for Sitting on a Milk Crate? The Shocking Ways America Punishes Poor People Living on the Street (Hard Times, USA)

Old, Female and Homeless” 

Didn’t Work Then, Won’t Work Now

This Crow Won’t Fly

McKinney-Vento Turns 25 and Homelessness Continues to Grow!

National Street Outreach

In preparation for launching a national campaign The Right to Exist, we’re now working on a Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign. WRAP members have been documenting homeless people’s experiences with the police, BID agents, criminal justice system, and private security guards.

The findings of our research are an affront to fairness and decency:

  • 81% of survey respondents reported being harassed, cited, or arrested for sleeping.
  • 78% of survey respondents reported being harassed, cited, or arrested for sitting or lying on the sidewalk.
  • 68% of survey respondents reported being harassed, cited, or arrested for loitering or hanging out.
  • Only 26% of the respondents said they knew of a safe place to sleep at night.

Below is a fact sheet with the preliminary results from outreach to over 1369 homeless people in 13 communities.

NEW National Civil Rights Outreach Fact Sheet >>>
Nuevo Censo Nacional en Derechos Civiles Hoja de Resultados >>> 

If you would like to add your communities voice to this effort download the forms below, complete the surveys, and send them into us. We will add them to the national results and send you your local & national results.

English Form             Spanish Form

English Outreach Form Download>>
Spanish Outreach Form Download>>


Because federal responses to homelessness have been so ineffective, a growing number of localities are using “broken windows” policing to remove homeless people from public view. These punitive measures involve gross human and civil rights violations.

This nationwide pattern has escaped civil rights protections because these ordinances are drafted very carefully to appear as if they apply equally to all people, but enforcement is very much impacted by people’s skin color, housing, economic, and mental health status.

WRAP civil rights campaign combines street outreach, documentation of civil rights violations, organizing, legal defense, and direct action. None of us can do this alone. We must work in solidarity with one another to defend those being attacked and pressure local governments to end these discriminatory programs.