Defending the Right to a Home: The Power of Anti-Poverty Lawyers

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Examining the influence of legal professionals on the dynamics of state policy making, this book looks at the responses of poverty lawyers to the social welfare law reforms of US Congress and state legislatures. Against a political climate characterized by its hostility towards welfare programmes, cutbacks in public assistance for poor families, the decline in available low-income housing and increasing levels of homelessness, Legal Services lawyers in several states initiated class action suits to protect families from losing their homes. This book presents a look at the poverty lawyers claims that when policies and practices of state officials prevent parents and children from being able to live together in their own dwellings, the state violates the legal rights of families. Providing careful case study analysis this book will prove an excellent resource for courses on public governance, human rights and law and society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754623908
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: Law, Justice and Power Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Litigation as the road home 1
2 National foundation for right-to-home claims 21
3 Local contexts for defending homeless families 37
4 Legal frames, judicial intervention, and agenda setting 53
5 Legalizing implementation : governing homelessness 79
6 Coalitions for the homeless and their lawyers 105
7 The cases : bringing poverty 'home' through legal action 133
8 Right-to-home challenge to market justice 151
App. I Chronology for national foundation of right-to-home claims : child welfare, anti-poverty, and homelessness policies 187
App. II Chronology of Hansen v. McMahon 189
App. III Chronology of Norman v. Johnson 193
App. IV Chronology of Jiggetts v. Grinker and related advocacy in New York 197
App. V Chronology of Massachusetts coalition for the homeless v. secretary of human services 207
App. VI Chronology of Washington state coalition for the homeless v. secretary of DSHS 213
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