Tag Archives: Housing

Equity, Prosperity, and the American Identity

“People need to live somewhere, and in the absence of other shelter, that will be in public,” said Maria Foscarinis, speaking Monday on a panel discussing the inequities of access to housing and urban poverty. The founder and executive director … Continue reading

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A Painful Truth

Philadelphia; Denver; Ashland, OR. What do these cities have in common? They are all addressing homelessness and poverty by making it a crime. And in Sunday’s edition of the USA Today, we shared a painful truth: they’re not alone. Across … Continue reading

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Denver Reminds Us Laws Have Human Consequences

No matter how much you guard against it, there’s a part of you that gets used to human suffering. I smiled tiredly, slipping a dollar in his cup and letting my mind wander.  I was already turning away when he … Continue reading

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

As the early spring’s plantings start to blossom in my yard, I’ve also been appreciating that the seeds for the human right to housing, some planted years ago, have also started to bloom. In early April, the U.S. Interagency Council … Continue reading

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Time to Finish the Job

When I first came to Washington DC to organize a campaign for a federal response to homelessness, I never dreamt that, decades later, I’d still be fighting to end homelessness. In 1986, when I started going to Capitol Hill to … Continue reading

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Obama Administration’s Actions Called “Baffling” by Court

The Law Center’s won a big victory in its ongoing legal battle with the Obama Administration.  A federal court says the Administration has to turn over hundreds of documents in a case that may decide the future of an important … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney and the Mythical Safety-net

In a CNN interview last week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney assured a reporter that he is “not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.”  There’s so much wrong with that statement.  The assumption that the … Continue reading

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The Drifting Dark

“I’ll be around. Somehow. I used to fall asleep thinking I wouldn’t wake up. Now I know better. Now I know, honey – it goes on and on and on.” Last February, I wrote about a woman named “V.” She’s … Continue reading

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US Issues Human Rights Report, Downplays Housing Rights Violations

On Friday December 30, 2011, the United States Government issued its Fourth Periodic Report on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The report, over 400 pages long, contains … Continue reading

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Fed Chair Ben Bernanke Wants to Rent Foreclosed Properties to Families

On January 4, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sent a letter to Congress with a number of recommendations to strengthen the housing market.  Significantly, one of his key recommendations matches what the Law Center has already suggested.

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