Rhode Island Homeless Bill of Rights

Rhode Island passed the nations first Homeless Bill of Rights in June 2012. The bill is designed to affirm the rights of homeless individuals and prevent discrimination and was passed to ensure that “no person should suffer unnecessarily or be subject to unfair discrimination based on his or her homeless status.” Among the rights ensured by the bill are the right to move freely in public spaces and on public transportation, the right to obtain identification and register to vote, and the right to be free from harassment by law enforcement. It also forbids employment discrimination based on homeless status and grants a “reasonable expectation of privacy in personal property to the same extent as personal property in a permanent residence.”

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