Homeless sue local authorities for lost property

Published September 27, 2018


An article in USA Today about six homeless people in Washington state who have sued city and county officials seeking damages for lost property after their belongings were swept up and tossed out by local authorities interviews Elizabeth Bowen, assistant professor of social work, who said such lawsuits reflect frustration with housing insecurity, rent burden and lack of affordable housing options. “There is a fundamental relationship between the lack of affordable housing and homelessness,” she said. “Housing is becoming out of reach for more and more people. We can either make housing more affordable or help people increase their income. If we aren’t doing any of these things, we will continue to see people living in these situations.”

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