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Homelessness Prevention Programs Working, But Not Enough

Last week, a report put out by the National Alliance to End Homelessness confirmed what we already knew: federal homelessness prevention programs are working, but much more funding is needed. The report shows that, with a modest $1.5 billion in … Continue reading

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Veterans Day a Reminder That There’s More to Be Done

On this Veterans Day, I thought I’d write about why I think ending homelessness for veterans is so important, and really is achievable.  I am not a veteran.  I don’t have any family members who were veterans.  And most of … Continue reading

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Small Steps Toward the Human Right to Housing in the U.S.

Over the past decade and a half, the Law Center has been working hard to get the federal government to acknowledge housing as a basic human right and begin taking steps to implement its obligations.  As documented in our report, … Continue reading

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The Reason for this All

This past summer I served as a human rights fellow at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. The policy work I engaged in there will help spur change for countless Americans, but my interactions with a man named … Continue reading

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Keep Walking Forward

It’s a summer evening in Washington and I’m leaving a downtown reception, full of drink, food and people—a typical DC scene. Walking through downtown at dusk, making my way towards home, I’m struck by a quieter scene on the street. … Continue reading

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Holy Allies in the Fight for the Human Right to Housing

Earlier this week, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (the Conference) sent a letter to the House of Representatives expressing their opposition to H.R. 2441, a bill which would eliminate the National Housing Trust Fund, which funds affordable housing programs. … Continue reading

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A Heartbeat from Homelessness: Rising Rents in the Foreclosure Crisis

It’s disturbing that millions of people have lost their homes to foreclosure, but at least you’d think that foreclosures would mean more available, affordable homes for low-income renters on the verge of homelessness.  Sadly, you’d be wrong.  Renters lose in … Continue reading

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From the Lunch Counters to the Dining Room Table

This week the New York Times caught on to a trend that’s sweeping the nation: as J.R. Fleming, co-founder of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign who spoke earlier this month at our National Forum on the Human Right to Housing put … Continue reading

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What Could You Do With $400 Million?

In a recent series of cover stories, the Washington Post reported that over $400 million in federal HUD HOME funds meant to help local communities build affordable housing for low-income people has gone missing.  This is a terrible thing.  It’s … Continue reading

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Glee Gets it Right

On Tuesday night, FOX TV hit Glee presented its nearly 9 million viewers with a second lesson on homelessness – offering a realistic picture of what family homelessness often looks like in the current housing crisis. Sam, a new transfer … Continue reading

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