The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty—NLCHP (USA) has issued a new report "Simply Unacceptable": Homelessness and the Human Right to Housing in the U.S. "Simply Unacceptable" includes a report card, grading the United States on its response to homelessness and its compliance with the state obligation to ensure the human right to housing, and issues failing grades in more than one category.
According to international standards, the human right to housing consists of at least seven elements: security of tenure; availability of services, materials, and infrastructure; affordability; accessibility; habitability; location; and cultural adequacy. This report offers common sense solutions that the U.S. can adopt to better meet the housing needs of homeless and poor people in these categories. Additional categories, including process rights and the over-riding principles of implementation need to be included in the NLCHP methodology.
On Tuesday, 19 July, at 2:00 p.m. EST, the NLCHP will host a webinar to discuss the human right to housing in the United States. Topics explored in the webinar will be facilitated by the report`s primary author, Eric Tars, human rights program director at the Law Center. The webinar also will feature commentary and analysis from Gregory Countess, assistant director of advocacy for housing & community economic development at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, which has an innovative program to integrate human rights framing into its advocacy work.
The webinar is free, but donations are appreciated to offset costs. The recommended donation is $10.
For access to the NLCHP report, contact: