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Maha Jweied of the U.S. Department of Justice describes how the criminalization of homelessness not only attempts to hide the issue of homelessness instead of addressing it but also violates the fundamental rights of people experiencing homelessness. Therefore, while the criminalization of homelessness continues, the right to counsel is a critical defense for those experincing homelessness.
President & CEO of Health Care for the Homeless Kevin Lindamood explains that bringing a human rights approach to public policy regarding homelessness may be our only chance of ending homelessness in the United States.
Tim Richter, President & CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, explains that we must grant the right to housing for all so that those facing homelessness can fully enjoy all their basic human rights.
Elisha Harig-Blaine, Principal Associate for Housing for the National League of Cities, writes about how cities like Phoenix have made measurable progress in ending chronic Veteran homelessness and the impacts this success will have on these communities.
Read USICH Regional Coordinator Robert Pulster's account of how Boston Mayor Thomas Menino worked diligently to prevent and end homelessness amongst all populations during his time in office.
Jerry Jones, Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, shares his views on the criminalization of homelessness.
Learn how the right to housing is fundamentally a human rights issue and what is being done to protect those rights for people experiencing homelessness.
G.W. Rolle details his life while he was homeless in Florida, including how his and others’ basic human rights were violated while experiencing homelessness and why it is imperative we begin to protect these rights.
It is fitting to acknowledge homelessness as a human rights issue now, in December, as cold weather bears down in many parts of the country, literally threatening the lives of people who are not properly housed, says Lisa Stand, Senior Policy Analyst with the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, discusses his view that "providing shelter is about more than charity and compassion, it is about acting on a basic commitment enshrined in our Constitution."