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Public housing and human rights

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States is considering appointing a Special Rapporteur on housing rights, following the testimony of Chicago activists and others at a hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 4.

Participants will report back at a meeting on the morning of Friday, March 18, UIC’s Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted.

Cabrini Green resident leader Carole Steele, president of the Coalition to Protect Public Housing, testified at the meeting along with activists from Canada and Brazil. She cited a recent study finding hundreds of former CHA residents staying in homeless shelters after being forced out by demolitions.

The right to adequate housing is enshrined in the UN human rights convention and in OAS conventions which are binding on the United States.

Joining Steele on the 18th will be Professor Daniel Rothenberg of the Human Rights Institute at the DePaul School of Law, along with others who will discuss federal budget cuts affecting housing.

The commissioners encouraged participants to follow up on the issue by filing individual petitions, said Rene Heyback, an attorney with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

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