Welcome Home: The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States
On May 22, the Law Center hosted a webinar discussing its upcoming report on the rise of tent cities in the United States and the constructive and problematic responses of a number of municipilaties.
"Simply Unacceptable:" Homelessness and the Human Right to Housing in the U.S.
On Tuesday, July 19, at 2:00 p.m. EST, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty hosted a webinar to discuss topics explored in "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 human right to housing, and the report issues failing grades in more than one category.
According to international standards, the human right to housing consists of 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.
The webinar was facilitated by the report's primary author, Eric Tars, human rights program director at the Law Center. The webinar also featured 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.
Eric Tars, Human Rights Program Director hosts the second webisode in the UPR introductory series, which covers the timeline of events leading up to, and following the Universal Periodic Review of the U.S. in November, and where advocates can participate in the process.
Introduction to the Universal Periodic Review: Episode 1
Eric Tars, Human Rights Program Director, hosted a webinar introducing the UN's Universal Periodic Review mechanism, and gives a brief overview of how the Review can be used by advocates to help advace their issues.
Audio Training: Housing, Homelessness, and Human Rights - April 27, 2010
Eric Tars, Human Rights Program Director, hosted a webinar in Salt Lake City, Utah on how the human right to housing can be used for homeless advocacy. The webinar will discussed how international human rights conventions define the human right to housing, what cities around the country are doing to highlight this issue, and how we can use human rights strategies locally.
Click here for an audio recording of this training, accompanied by the Powerpoint presentation. The presentation is approximately 1 hour long, with 40 minutes of questions following. Due to recording difficulties, the audio begins a little over 1 minute in, so let the presentation begin and the audio will pick up shortly.
Clearinghouse Review article written by NLCHP Human Rights Attorney, Eric Tars.
This article, published by Clearinghouse Review, includes information on the Shadow Reporting process for violations of human rights.
Realizing the Promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Examining the First 60 Years and Beyond
NLCHP Executive Director, Maria Foscarinis, spoke on a panel titled New Frontiers for Universal Rights: The Next 60 Years at this event sponsored by the American University Washington College of Law. The audio recording from this panel is available here.