Tag: Housing

U.S. Treatment of Homeless Persons Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading

On Thursday, March 13, in Geneva Switzerland, the U.N. Human Rights Committee reviewed U.S. compliance with a major human rights treaty, raising concerns of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment for the practice of criminalizing homeless people for performing necessary life functions such as sleeping and eating in public when they have no private alternatives. The…
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Welcome Home: Tent Cities on the Rise

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty recently released report, Welcome Home: The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States, documents media reports of homeless encampments in 46 of 50 states. “While individuals may ‘choose’ to live in an encampment, it is our collective choices as a society that force this choice due…
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Highest Number on Record of Homeless School Children

According to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Education, 1,168,354 homeless students were enrolled during the 2011-2012 school year. 14% of those are children with disabilities. This is the highest number on record, and a 10% increase over the 2010-2011 school year. The number of homeless children in public schools in the United…
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Amnesty and Witness Release Advocacy Toolkit on Forced Evictions

Witness, a story telling project based in Brooklyn NY and Amnesty International have produced an organizing tool Forced Evictions Advocacy Toolkit, a multimedia resource for activists, social movements and communities fighting evictions. From outlining the obligations of governments to sharing videos that help foster debate and inspire mobilization, the Toolkit provides critical resources to support the…
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