Registration is now open for the National Forum on the Human Right to Housing, June 7-8, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
The forum offers an opportunity to learn more about the exciting work going on across the country and around the world in advocacy for the right to housing and to participate in planning for the next steps we can take together.
Workshops will discuss a wide range of timely topics of interest to members of this forum, from foreclosure response, to the rights and needs of homeless and unstably housed children to an education, to housing rights of domestic violence survivors, to human rights approaches to budget analysis. It will conclude with a Congressional briefing on the right to housing, and an opportunity for advocates to meet with their representatives.
Confirmed speakers include:
The forum is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness & Poverty. We are grateful for the support of the U.S. Human Rights Fund; Au Bon Pain; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; and Jones Day.
For more information, and to register, see www.nlchp.org/2011forum.cfm.
This should be an interesting and informative program. Among the issues to be addressed, I hope that "access to land" is included. Land speculation is largely responsible for the real estate boom-and-bust cycle, which wreaks havoc on ordinary households and businesses. During the boom periods, speculators drive up the price of housing, putting it out of reach of many households and depleting limited subsidy funds by increasing the gap between "market rate" and "affordable" rents. During the bust period, buildings are foreclosed and many tenants displaced.
There are techniques for taking the profit out of real estate speculation and making both land and housing more affordable. For more information, see http://www.justeconomicsllc.com