Co-sponsored by NLCHP, the Human Rights Institute of Columbia Law School and the Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy at Northeastern Law School, the Symposium was an inspiring call to action that included concrete examples of progress now being made at the federal, state and local levels to advance the human right to housing for all-and especially for homeless and poor people.
Undergirding these campaigns is the call for the human right to housing. Protection from discrimination is critically important, but ensuring the right to housing is essential. Because what we’re fighting for is not just protection from arrest for people forced to live in public places because they are without a home. What we truly want, and believe everyone should have in a country that has the resources to provide it, like ours does, is a decent, safe affordable home.
That’s what the human right to housing promises, and what we and those who gathered in NYC last week are working towards. Passing state bills like that now moving forward in CA are a crucially important step in the right direction.