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Wednesday 30 November 2022
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Syracuse Recognized for Using Innovative Strategies to Prevent Homelessness

By Staff

 

homelessSyracuse has been named to the “Hall of Fame” in a recent report from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

The report, titled “Housing Not Handcuffs,” details how states and municipalities from across the U.S. have criminalized homelessness.

Syracuse has been highlighted among four municipalities including Indianapolis, Indiana; San Francisco, California; and Miami-Dade County, Florida for its work to provide innovative housing strategies, and decriminalize homelessness.

“Homelessness is symptomatic of the larger challenges so many people face in seeking economic security,” Mayor Stephanie Miner stated. “Treating the homeless and housing vulnerable as if they were criminals is an inefficient, and ineffective public policy, and morally unjust. We can do better as a society, and I am proud that, in Syracuse, we have taken steps to address this. It has been important in my administration for our police department to partner with social service agencies, and advocates to develop an interconnected network of providers to address the needs of our homeless. By doing this, we have built trusting relationships in our community between providers, law enforcement, and the homeless population.”

On Nov. 14, the mayor participated in a daylong summit, led by First Lady Michelle Obama and organized by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, to end veteran homelessness.

“It was an honor to join the First Lady to announce our progress and share best practices with other cities moving forward,” she stated. “We were able to help our veterans receive the services they need and deserve after serving our country, and I am proud to share our success with Mrs. Obama, mayors, governors, and social service leaders from across the nation.”

The “Housing, Not Handcuffs” report studied data from over ten years from over 187 municipalities on the criminalization of homelessness.

In addition, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty works to prevent and end homelessness through legal strategies, according to officials from the organization.

Visit https://www.nlchp.org/documents/Housing-Not-Handcuffs to view the full report.

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