Advocates Declare U.S. Homelessness "Unacceptable"


The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) recently released "Simply Unacceptable: Homelessness and the Human Right to Housing in the United States 2011."

The brief evaluates the housing in the US compared to international standards on:

  • Security of tenure
  • Availability of services, materials, and infrastructure
  • Affordability
  • Accessibility
  • Habitability
  • Location
  • Cultural adequacy

The report indicts the U.S. efforts to provide housing and prevent homelessness, offering grades no higher than a C-, with the worst grades in areas of security of tenure, affordability, and location of housing. The report also highlights a number of factors reducing access to housing, including lack of identification limiting accessibility to resources, criminalization of homelessness, and a lack of access to healthcare in rural areas.

To Learn More:
Read the NLCHP Report


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