ABA Policy Positions and White Papers

  1. American Bar Association Policy Positions and
    White Papers on Homelessness and Poverty


Policy drafted by the Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and adopted by the ABA House of Delegates:


ABA Advocacy


Commission White Papers

No Such Place As "Away:" Why Banishment Is A Wrong Turn on the Path to Better and Safer Cities
(February 2010) 


In the last decade the American Bar Association has taken policy positions on many issues related to homelessness and poverty:

  • Affordable Housing (1995)
  • Community Reinvestment (Midyear Meeting, 1990)
  • Discrimination by race, national origin, or gender (Annual Meeting, 1995)
  • Due process rights of public housing tenants (Annual Meeting, 1990)
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (1996)
  • Environmental Justice (1993)
  • Federal Benefit Programs (1997)
  • Free Legal Representation for Low-Income Persons (Annual Meeting, 1994)
  • Funding for Legal Service Programs (1995)
  • Homelessness Prevention (1995)
  • Indigent Defense (1998)
  • Medicaid Eligibility and Asset Transfers (1998)
  • Needle Exchange Programs (1997)
  • Public Benefits for Legal Immigrants (1997)
  • Public Housing (1992)
  • Social Security Outreach (Annual Meeting, 1991)
  • Voting Rights for the Homeless (1993)
  • Welfare Family Cap (1995)
  • Welfare Funding (1992)

For more information or for a copy of any of the resolutions in the list above, contact Amy Horton- Newell at homeless@americanbar.org.

* Each of these policy positions was approved by the ABA House of Delegates. For a master list of current ABA policy by topic, visit ABA Governmental Affairs Office