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Regional Coordinator for USICH Amy Sawyer closes out our Human Rights series by reflecting on the stories that have been shared and reminding us that now is the time to act to ensure human rights for people experiencing homelessness.
Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights & Children’s Rights Programs at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, praises Federal progress on homelessness while outlining the neccessity of ensuring that everyone is able to maintain their basic human dignity, which is impossible when someone is experiencing homelessness.
01/15/2014 - I Believe in Human Rights: Homelessness is Criminal—People Experiencing Homelessness Are Not
Discussing the issue of criminalizing homelessness, Maria Foscarinis of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty explains how punishing people experiencing homelessness in an attempt to hide the issue of homelessness raises human rights concerns while detracting from actual efforts to solve homelessness.
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.