6.8 Olmstead and Implications for Ending Homelessness


Conference Presentation | July 24, 2013

Files: Department of Justice Olmstead Statement (PDF | 571 KB | 9 pages) Department of Housing and Urban Development Olmstead Statement (PDF | 57 KB | 11 pages) Olmstead Enforcement: Opportunities to Help Address Homelessness by Alison Barkoff (PDF | 655 KB | 26 slides)

The Olmstead case requires states to serve people with disabilities in the least restrictive settings and to support community integration efforts. The case has given rise to a series of federal civil rights policies that influence how states expand their supportive housing capacity. This workshop will offer perspectives on Olmstead and its implications for ending homelessness. Presenters will include representatives from communities working with Olmstead principles and enforcement priorities, as well as key federal agencies.

  • Alison Barkoff, Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
  • Richard Cho, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, New Haven, CT (Moderator)
  • Peggy Flaherty, Thresholds, Chicago, IL
  • Lynn Kovich, New Jersey Department of Human Services, Trenton, NJ