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Petitioning DC Council and 2 others

Tell Obama, Congress, and Others to Enforce the Human Right to Housing

Though housing was declared to be a human right in 1948 and Washington, DC became a "human rights city" in 2008, the human right to housing has yet to be recognized by the U.S. Government or enforced by DC Government.

In light of the continuing housing crisis, the improperly processed forclosure proceedings of three large banks and the recent recommendation of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing to put a moratorium on foreclosures, it is imperative that the human right to housing be recognized by the governments of our nation.

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Letter to
DC Council
DC Office of Human Rights
Director, DC Office of Human Rights Gustavo Velasquez
Housing was declared to be a human right in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights 62 years ago in 1948. In 2009 U.N. Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Raquel Rolnik toured 7 U.S. cities in order to get a well-rounded view of the housing crisis in this country and has since issued a scathing report. More recently the U.S. Government was brought under scrutiny by several U.N. states for various human rights violations -- including homelessness in the wealthiest nation in the world. Furthermore, Washington, DC was declared by the DC Council to be a human rights city in December 2008.

Homelessness is actually on the rise in our nation's capital and other parts of the country. People are losing their homes to foreclosure and renters are losing their rental units during these tough economic times. All of this is adding insult to injure.

Please, recognize and enforce the human right to housing by:

Putting a moratorium on evictions from houses as well as rental units,

Creating a sufficient amount of truly affordable housing - such that no one is paying more than 30% of their income in housing costs,

Creating more public housing and doing one-for-one replacement of older units,

And taking any and all necessary steps so as to ensure that all Americans are housed in units that are safe, affordable and intended for human habitation.