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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."
Gregory Lewis, the Executive Director of the True Colors Fund, writes about the most universal human right that every child is entitled to: unconditional love and acceptance from their parents.
Deborah Delisle, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, tells the tales of youth formerly experiencing homelessness and how their stories demonstrate the necessity of prioritizing youth homelessness.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan discusses the formative time he spent volunteering in a homeless shelter, and how that spurred his dedication to ending homelessness.
Freek Spinnewijn, Director of FEANTSA, shares his views on human rights and the criminalization of homelessness in Europe. FEANTSA is a network of homeless service providers across Europe.
Homelessness, Criminalization and Human Rights
Lucy Adams, Manager and Principal Lawyer at Justice Connect Homeless Law, discusses her work with people who are experiencing homelessness in Victoria. "Laws and practices that criminalize homelessness and punish people for their disadvantage are a human rights issue," she says.
Find out from USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe how basic human rights are fundamental to understanding and ending homelessness.