Category Archives: Housing

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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Jeremy Rosen Featured on ‘Melissa Harris-Perry Show’

On Sunday, May 12, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show dedicated both hours of the program to exploring whether poverty in America can be solved. The Tulane professor of political science and political commentator asks, ‘What are our nation’s creative, humane, enduring solutions to … Continue reading

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Joint Positions Are a Reason for Hope

A congressional briefing held May 22, Homelessness in America: Experiences and Solutions, attracted an overflow crowd of Hill staffers and advocates. For me, it was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy landscape in Washington, DC. I was inspired by … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Homeless Youth in Philadelphia

Guest Post by Joe Willard, Vice President of Policy and Staci Perlman, Visiting Scholar of People’s Emergency Center in Philadelphia Our latest report, Homeless Youth in Philadelphia shows findings from a survey — Youth Risk Behavior Survey — taken by youth who … Continue reading

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