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What America's Most Vulnerable Need: A Bill of Rights for the Homeless

Paul Boden, a homeless rights advocate for 30 years, is helping groups around the country draft legislation to help the homeless.

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We didn’t have a homeless program prior to 1982. What is different about us? I don’t believe our DNA is different…What is different is that housing, money and assistance for the poor have disappeared. Since 1995, 360,000 units of public housing have been lost. The Dept. of Education says we’ve topped a million homeless children in our nation’s schools. So many people are dying in the street. So many people are beating each other up over their conditions on the streets. They can keep trying to put this under a rock, but it’s imploding.

Evelyn Nieves is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. She has been a reporter for both the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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