Category Archives: Housing

This Week’s Timely Reminder from Pope Francis

This week, Pope Francis has been in Washington, D.C. – at the White House, Capitol Hill, the Basilica, and a homeless shelter. This pope, a massively popular cultural star and hero to many, has touched a nerve in his approach … Continue reading

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The 2015 National Forum on the Human Right to Housing

Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25 marked the Law Center’s two-day National Forum on the Human Right to Housing, hosted by the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The event gathered organizers, attorneys and legal service providers, … Continue reading

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Housing & Homelessness Addressed At Global Review of U.S. Human Rights Record

On Monday, May 11, the U.N. Human Rights Council reviewed the U.S. for compliance with its human rights obligations as part of the U.S.’s second Universal Periodic Review. Thanks to advocacy by the Law Center and others, several countries raised … Continue reading

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Congressional Briefing on Extending the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act

If not made permanent, on December 31, 2014 the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) will expire, leaving renters living in foreclosed properties vulnerable. Without the protection of the PTFA, renters could have no idea their landlord has defaulted on … Continue reading

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Conference Call: Learn about Title V of the McKinney-Vento Act

Join us for a Conference Call on June 27 Federal Surplus Property for Homeless Uses: Title V of the McKinney-Vento Act Space is limited. Reserve Your Space Now The federal government is the largest single owner of real estate in … Continue reading

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Chicago City Council Approves Increased Protections for Renters Living in Foreclosed Buildings

Property foreclosures remain a national epidemic. Tenants in foreclosed rental properties have federal rights under the 2009 Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA), but too often these rights are violated, leaving millions of people vulnerable to housing instability and homelessness. … Continue reading

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Meet Ed McNicholas, New Chair of the Board

In January 2013, Ed McNicholas, partner at Sidley Austin LLP’s Washington office, became chair of the Law Center’s Board of Directors, after serving for several years as member and vice-chair. Through an email interview, Mr. McNicholas tells us about what … Continue reading

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Ending homelessness – social justice and human rights

“We don’t work on homelessness.” It’s a comment I hear from policymakers, funders, and other organizations. But my feeling is that if you work on poverty, and if you work on justice, you work on homelessness. Over the years, homelessness … Continue reading

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From the Small Screen to the Hill: Real Americans Testifying on the Fragile State of the American Dream

Diedre Melson, John Cox and Pamela Thatcher. Photo credit: Don Mathis Hard work is no longer enough to sustain the American Dream for Diedre Melson, John Cox and Pamela Thatcher. Subjects of the HBO documentary film “American Winter,” all three … Continue reading

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Law Center Partners with ABA To Support Human Rights and Protect Disaster Victims

Law Center staff are working with the American Bar Association’s Commission on Homelessness & Poverty on two exciting projects – drafting an ABA policy resolution in support of the implementation of the human right to housing and disseminating important information about post-disaster … Continue reading

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