Tents-4-Homeless is run by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Inc. The Center is a non-profit, tax-exempt, public interest legal foundation dedicated to furthering and protecting the civil, constitutional, and human rights of vulnerable low-income communities.
Since its incorporation in 1980, under the leadership of a board of directors comprising civil rights attorneys, community advocates, and religious leaders, the Center has provided a wide range of legal services to vulnerable low-income victims of human and civil rights violations and technical support and training to hundreds of legal aid attorneys and paralegals in the areas of constitutional law, international human rights, and complex and class action litigation.
CHRCL Inc. is located in Los Angeles, and Tents-4-Homeless was born from the reality that homelessness in Los Angeles is a serious problem and has been increasing over the last several years. In 2019 almost 60,000 people in Los Angeles County were counted as homeless according to the homeless count conducted by the Los Angeles County Homeless Services Authority. This represents a 12% increase from 2018.
The goal of Tents-4-Homeless is to provide tents to chronically homeless people living on the streets of Los Angeles. Given the enormous size of the homeless population in Los Angeles, emergency shelters are filled to capacity with long waitlists. Tents are not the long-term solution, however, they do provide a modicum of privacy and shelter from sun and inclement weather.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to housing and to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, or disability.
According to the United Nations, globally there are 100 million homeless people. As many as 2.5 million to 3.5 million Americans are homeless over the course of a year, including about 1.4 million children. One out of every three homeless people in the United States is living in an unsheltered location. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, five to seven percent of American youths become homeless in any given year.
The Tents-4-Homeless project does not address the root causes of homelessness -- rapid economic globalization, increasing trends towards privatization and land speculation, lack of job training programs, lack of affordable housing options, poverty, and mental illness.
The Resources page lists many organizations working on structural changes to end homelessness.
Our efforts are aimed at addressing the pressing need of homeless people for a basic shelter to protect themselves from the rain or cold nights when emergency housing in a shelter program is not available. You can help by donating a tent or sleeping bag, or by making a donation so that Tents-4-Homeless may acquire and distribute tents and sleeping bags on your behalf.
Decent, safe, and affordable housing is a fundamental human right. We have an obligation to ensure the housing needs of all are met, especially poor and vulnerable people and their families.