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Bringing the Human Right to Housing Home

Safe, affordable housing is a fundamental human right enshrined in numerous international treaties, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But with over 3.5 million people homeless each year, the United States has a long way to go to recognize that right.

For years, the Law Center has promoted the human right to housing through advocacy with the federal government, public education campaigns, and strategic participation in international reviews of U.S. housing policy by the United Nations. In fact, the Law Center recently secured — for the first time in history — an admission by the U.S. that homelessness implicates its human rights obligations.  We’re changing the way policymakers and the American people think about housing, with one goal in mind: creating an enforceable right to safe, affordable housing.