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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. 

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01/14/2014 - I Believe in Human Rights: The Right to Counsel for People Experiencing 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. 

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01/13/2014 - I Want to Believe in Human Rights: Our Only Hope to End 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. 

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01/10/2014 - I Believe in Human Rights: Want Housing Rights? End homelessness.

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.

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01/08/2014 - What Does the End of Chronic Veteran Homelessness Mean for Cities?

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. 

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01/07/2014 - Boston’s PIT Count and an Appreciation of Mayor Thomas M. Menino

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. 

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01/06/2014 - I Believe in Human Rights: We Must Recognize our Shared Humanity

Jerry Jones, Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, shares his views on the criminalization of homelessness. 

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01/02/2014 - I Believe in Human Rights: Defining and Protecting the Human Right to Housing

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.

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12/30/2013 - I Believe in Human Rights: A Pressing Problem

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. 

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12/26/2013 - I Believe in Human Rights: Liberty Begins at Home

Lisa StandIt 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.

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