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Tuesday the Knesset will mark the dismal state of Israel’s public housing

0 Comments 16 July 2017

Public Housing Day, now a tradition at the Knesset, is an important legislative advocacy day for the Forum for Public Housing, of which Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) proudly plays an active and critical role.

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Flier for Public Housing Day at the Knesset reads: “Whose preventing the homeless from public housing eligibility?”

The event will feature discussions by various Knesset committees on relevant issues including: the lack of transparency in public housing eligibility criteria, the Barbibai report for preventing evictions, bureaucratic obstacles perpetuating the cycle of poverty,  the appalling shortage of housing availability, and the fact that  thousands of people –  all clearly qualified for public housing – are forced to wait years to receive it.

A central conference of nearly 200 activists and citizens will convene, where the voices of those suffering while waiting for housing and those living without dignity will be heard.

Public Housing Day is an annual opportunity to remind legislators that we are here and our struggle is not going anywhere – quite the opposite, as each year more and more activists, groups and organisations join us. As rabbis demanding human rights, we will continue to follow all developments in this arena, demand the issue of public housing get its due, and fight to change unjust legislation and policy in order to ensure all Israelis a safe and stable roof over their heads.

Update on 2017 Public Housing Day at the Knesset

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