PFC advocates Housing is a Human Right

PFC advocates, Housing is a Human Right

Since its inception in 2008 the People for Fairness Coalition has been a tireless advocate for Washington, DC’s underserved population. PFFC’s primary focus has been and continues to be ensuring that all DC residents have access to affordable, sustainable housing. Given that PFFC is composed primary of individuals who currently or formerly lacked stable housing, PFFC’s focus has primarily been on this population.

Advocacy enters into everything that PFFC does, be it: advocating for the rights of individuals who have been discriminated against because they lack stable housing; advocating for affordable and sustained housing, including the resources that the DC government needs to invest in order to ensure that this takes place. PFC has also been a tireless advocate for the improvement of the unacceptable conditions of DC’s shelters for the homeless. Most recently PFC has launched an initiative to advocate for clean, safe, public restrooms that are available for 24/7 for everyone including our sisters and brothers who live on the streets. Since December of 2015 PFFC has watched in horror, and raised it’s voice in disapproval, as the Deputy Mayor’s Office has carried out a number of sweeps designed to eliminate encampments in different areas of DC.

In terms of how advocacy is reflected in its major initiatives:

The objective of PFFC’s Downtown DC Public Restroom Initiative  is to convince the DC government to install and maintain clean, safe public restrooms available to everyone in needed areas of downtown Washington DC.

PFFC is an active participant in an Anti-Discrimination Initiative lead by the National Coalition on Housing (NCH). The objective of this Initiative is to add “homelessness” as a protected class under the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977.

PFFC’s Right to Housing Initiative has as its objective ensuring that everyone has access to affordable and sustainable housing.