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Representing the Poor and Homeless: A Community-Based Approach

By Robert A. Solomon


Several years ago, at a conference on representing the homeless, advocateswere discussing developing suitable housing for single homeless people.Several people argued against single room occupancy (SRO) units withoutbathrooms and cooking facilities. The question was posed as one of humandignity; our clients should not be subjected to the lowest possible form ofhousing. I was fully persuaded by the argument, but for one problem. In NewHaven, Connecticut, in seeking to redevelop Connecticut\u27s largest SRO, wehad interviewed 150 of the 218 occupants. Our clients, a large majority, toldus that they did not want bathrooms or, to a lesser extent, cooking facilities intheir rooms. When I mentioned this, an advocate from Wisconsin stated thathis program had had the same experience

Topics: low-income housing, homelessness, client, Housing Law, Law, Legal Profession
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 2000
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