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 APRIL 1, 2010 Volume 3

UN Rapporteur: Pine Ridge Housing Worst in US
By Brenda Norrell
Condensed by Native Village

The United States spent $1,000,000,000,000 for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, it ignores abysmal housing on Pine Ridge and widespread homelessness in US

Raquel Rolnik is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. During a recent tour across the United States, she described the desperate housing situation on Pine Ridge :

Many families live in subsidized housing units which are severely overcrowded;

It's common for 3-4 families to live in a 3 bedroom house;  

Reservation housing conditions were the worst she saw during her mission;

The lack of fresh food and the lack of public transportation is a problem.


The Special Rapporteur’s final recommendations to the U.S. government include:

Imposing a moratorium on the demolition and disposition of public housing until one-for-one replacement can be guaranteed
Including the Right to First Purchase for Section 8 buildings in the Preservation Bill

Extending the Protecting Tenants At Foreclosure Act beyond 2012
Developing alternatives to the criminalization of the homeless, e.g., where adequate shelter is not available, allowing homeless persons to shelter themselves in public areas

Ensuring that poor communities are not displaced as development takes place, with respect to the Choice Neighborhoods program

Making empty and foreclosed properties available for sale to non-profit organizations and community land trusts

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