Housing as a Right
The homelessness crisis in the United
States is an indicator of violations of internationally
recognized human rights, including the human right to adequate housing. Various international treaties and
declarations maintain that housing is a human right and can serve as a powerful
tool for advocates in the U.S. It can reframe public debate, craft and
support legislative proposals, supplement legal claims in court, advocate in international
forums, and support community organizing efforts.
This fact sheet outlines the issues, the outlook, and what
local advocates can do in promoting the human right to housing.
As homelessness and the affordable housing crisis grow in
advocates can use human rights arguments as another tool to find solutions.