Saturday, June 29, 2013

Connecticut passes landmark
‘Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights’

Connecticut is on the cusp of enacting a major new law to protect people who are homeless from discrimination.

Last week, Connecticut lawmakers passed the “Homeless Person’s Bill Of Rights” at the literal 11th hour — 11:30 p.m. on June 5, one half hour before the legislative session ended. The bill, SB 896, a landmark piece of legislation to protect homeless individuals’ rights, adds homeless people as a protected class who can’t be discriminated against in employment, housing, or public accommodations. It also includes protections for homeless people to move freely in public spaces such as parks without being singled out for harassment by law enforcement officers.

The bill now awaits Gov. Dan Malloy’s signature before it can take effect at its scheduled date of October 1, 2013.

Read the Think Progress report here.


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