In the most recent report by the Leilani Farha, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, we learn that access to justice and legal advocacy is necessary to protect people and to prevent violations of the human right to housing.

Farha, who is also the executive director of Canada Without Poverty, writes:

“Violations of the right to housing are as much failures in the administration of justice as they are failures of housing programs. If those living in inadequate housing and in homelessness have no access to justice, they are deprived of agency to bring violations to light, to address root causes or ensure appropriate responses. They are unable to challenge the policy choices and decisions that created the conditions in which they live.”