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The Human Right to Housing

Making the Case in U.S. Advocacy

By Maria Foscarinis, Brad Paul, Bruce Porter & Andrew Scherer

International human rights law recognizes a right to housing and imposes on governments the obligation to devote the "maximum of available resources" to fulfilling the right. Poverty law advocates in the United States are relying more on international law in work on issues of housing and homelessness and using legislative, litigation, and policy approaches. Although the U.S. government has been reluctant to recognize a right to housing, some courts are applying international human rights law in domestic cases.

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