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How a Human Rights Framework Can Help Turn the Tide in Public Housing Litigation

By Richard Wheelock & Sara Kase

Demolishing public housing units without replacing them violates the human right to housing of displaced residents. Threatened with displacement, Chicago public housing residents altered the dynamics of litigation against the housing authority and gained new allies and media interest when they raised the human right to housing in their complaint. Asserting their human rights enabled the residents to articulate their claims in universal, easily understood terms and helped lead to a successful resolution of their claims.

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