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January 2012

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Dear Friend,

Thank you for your support and involvement over the past year -- and best wishes for 2012.  At the Law Center, we're diving into important 2012 priorities and, after a year of transition, we're welcoming new members to our team.  Their fresh perspectives will be critical as we expand our pro bono collaborations to provide our legal expertise and support to more communities.

 Maria Foscarinis

The year promises to be a critical one on several fronts.  We'll be marking the 25th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Act, drawing attention to its positive impact and pushing Congress to make good on its promise to end homelessness in America.  We're also gearing up for the fall presidential election -- challenging laws that keep homeless and poor people from voting, and working to ensure homelessness and poverty are treated seriously by the candidates.

Homelessness Prevention Programs Working, But Not Enough

Last week, a report put out by the National Alliance to End Homelessness confirmed what we already knew: federal homelessness prevention programs are working, but much more funding is needed.

The rAndy Bereseport shows that, with a modest $1.5 billion in funding, the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) prevented or ended homelessness for more than one million Americans.


What does this mean?  It certainly isn't an indication that we can take our eye off the ball.



Fed Chair Ben Bernanke Wants to Rent Foreclosed Properties to Families

Jeremy RosenOn January 4, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sent a letter to Congress with a number of recommendations to strengthen the housing market.  Significantly, one of his key recommendations matches what the Law Center has already suggested.

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U.S. Issues Human Rights Report, Downplays Housing Rights Violations 

On Friday December 30, 2011, the United States Government issued its Fourth Periodic Report on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to the United Nations Human Rights Committee


TiffanyThe report, over 400 pages long, contains numerous references to human rights issues of interest to housing advocates, including: fair housing, foreclosures, public housing, racial, gender, and disability-based discrimination, domestic violence, and homelessness.  To aid advocates in responding to the report, the Law Center has produced a summary of housing references.

About the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

The Law Center is the only national legal advocacy organization dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness in America.  It fights in the halls of power for laws and policies that protect homeless people's rights and help them rise out of poverty.