NLCHP Hosts National Forum on Human Right to Housing Not Handcuffs
The new campaign fights against the criminalization of homelessness and for ensuring people have access to affordable housing. The forum will be held June 6-7, 2017 in Washington, DC.
The deadline to register is today – June 4 – at 11:59 PM.
The forum will include discussions on several important topics, from the intersectional forms of discrimination that result in the criminalization of homelessness. Other topics include the models of advocacy that are succeeding in cities and counties across the country.
Diane Yentel, National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) president and CEO, and Elayne Weiss, NLIHC senior policy analyst, will speak at the event.
Criminalization of homelessness is on the rise and funding for housing and services is threatened as it never has been before. Advocates need to build and strengthen to meet increasing challenges at the local, state, and federal levels.
This year’s forum will build on the work of the 2015 and 2016 forums and focus on increasing the reach of the Housing Not Handcuffs national campaign. The goal and focus of the forum, however, will be strategizing and planning our collective work moving forward.
The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty encourages all who are interested to attend the Forum. Participation of people who are currently experiencing, or who have formerly experienced, homelessness, people who have low income, people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTQ, and grassroots activists around the country is important.
The NLCHP is the only national legal group dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness. It works to expand access to affordable housing, meet the immediate and long-term needs of those who are homeless or at risk, and strengthen the social safety-net through:
- Policy advocacy;
- Public education;
- Impact litigation; and
- Advocacy training and support
They believe all human beings have the right to a basic standard of living that includes safe, affordable housing, healthcare, and freedom from discrimination and cruelty.