HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT
At Heartland Alliance, we believe that housing is a human right. That is why we work to dismantle barriers to housing and end homelessness through legislation, systems change, and direct services. Leveraging this multiple pronged approach is key to increasing housing stability and creating a society where we all have the opportunity to thrive in a safe space we can call home.
Learn about the work we are doing at Research & Policy to increase access to housing and end homelessness for all.
SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES WORKING TO END YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
As one of seven communities selected to participate in the Heartland
Alliance Pathways Forward Challenge, the city of Boston, led by the Mayor’s
Office of Workforce Development, is working to create more effective and
equitable pathways to employment and income for youth and young adults
experiencing homelessness. In Boston, Massachusetts, at least 345 youth and young adults stay on the streets or in the shelter
system on any given night. Statewide surveys suggest, however, that many additional young people are doubled up or
couch-surfing. The vast numbers of youth and
young adults experiencing this “hidden homelessness” are often not prioritized
for housing resources through the homeless service system. With support from
Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic
Opportunity, Boston’s efforts seek to align the homeless service and public
workforce systems to better connect young jobseekers, especially youth of color
and LGBTQ youth, experiencing homelessness to the income needed for housing
stability. We look forward to supporting Boston, and the Pathways Forward
communities, in addressing social inequities to ensure that all youth have
access to housing and economic opportunity.
Learn more about the work being done through the
Pathways Forward Challenge.
SUPPORTING HOUSING STABILITY FOR YOUNG ADULTS EXITING THE FOSTER CARE & JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEMS
Social IMPACT Research Center is leading a project with the Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) grant, to explore transition planning processes and outcomes for young adults exiting the child welfare/foster care and juvenile justice systems. Through this work, we’ll be able to identify the ways the current transition process impact housing stability among youth, 18-24 years old.
Through developing partnerships with youth action boards and interviews with young people from around Illinois, our team, in collaboration with youth, state agencies, and community partner organizations, we’ll will create a youth-driven guide/toolkit for transition planning to support housing stability.
We look forward to sharing more details with you as this work continues over the next year! Until then, you can learn more about youth homelessness and the need for resources from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Voices of Youth Count.
Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI), an award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Center for Mental Health Services (SAMHSA/CSAT & CMHS) to the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR): SAMHSA Cooperative Agreement #SM063343
ACT TODAY TO KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER
We need your help to stop Housing and Urban Development's harmful proposal to evict 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families, including 55,000 children, from taking effect. The current federal administration
continues to dismantle the protections and services put in place for those
seeking refuge. This makes Heartland Alliance’s work to advance the rights and
respond to the needs of marginalized populations more important than ever.
HUD's proposed rule will force families of mixed immigration
status to break up to receive housing assistance, to forego the assistance
altogether, or face eviction from their homes. This is just one of the many
barriers the administration is putting into place to actively work against
individuals who are displaced and seeking safety. It’s imperative that those
who support human rights stand together and focus on demanding systemic change
among the administration’s actions against refugees, immigrants and asylees.
Join us in defending our friends and neighbors by submitting
your comments opposing this proposed rule today.
More on Our Work to Safeguard Housing
HEARTLAND ALLIANCE LED BILL SOLIDIFIES HOUSING
AS A HUMAN RIGHT FOR THOSE WITH RECORDS
In Illinois, 50% of adults are estimated to have an arrest or
conviction record making it difficult for many to
obtain quality, safe, secure, housing. This is, in part, because of discrimination
within the housing market and lack of protections. Landlords currently use
whatever information they get on a background check as a reason for denial –
anything from a sealed record to an arrest with no conviction can be used to
deny someone tenancy. Heartland Alliance’s policy team, as a member of the
Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois, took on this issue
through the Housing is a Human Right Bill. The bill (SB1780)amends the Illinois
Human Rights Act making it a civil rights violation for a landlord to deny
housing based on three types of records: (1) arrest records; (2) juvenile
records; and (3) records that have been ordered expunged or sealed.
Later this month, we will be releasing a report that will further explore the impact criminal records have on housing and how landlords in Illinois can work to connect individuals to fair and safe housing.
more about Housing as a Human Right, and many of our other legislative
PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE POVERTY MEASURE PUTS HOUSING, HEALTHCARE & BASIC NEEDS IN JEOPARDY.
Recently, we submitted our comments opposing the
administration’s proposed change to the federal poverty measure. This measure is
used to decide whether the income level of an individual or family qualifies
them for certain federal benefits and programs and it sets the minimum amount
of income that a family needs for food, clothing, transportation, shelter, and
The contemplated change would lower the income eligibility
cutoffs for key programs that help people meet their human needs, causing many
individuals and families to lose benefits, like access to housing. Deepening
financial hardships, increasing food insecurity, reducing access to health care
and worsening housing stability are just some of the many devastating outcomes
this change could bring and we hope that our comments, along with those
submitted by advocates and providers from the across the nation, will help the
administration realize the consequences of this change.
more and see our comments here.
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