Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-11-2016

Faculty Advisor(s)

Lisa Leitz


The purpose of this project is to discuss the issues of homelessness and lack of shelter in the United States, specifically in the states of California and New York, as a human right. Due to the majority of California’s homeless population going unsheltered and the large majority of New York’s homeless population receiving shelter, there are ways that California can learn from the system that New York has developed in order to more efficiently and justly provide shelter to its homeless population. This paper analyzes what has worked and what has not worked in either state in providing the human right to shelter, and why California is falling behind New York in meeting human rights standards. This is done by reviewing existing governmental and nongovernmental reports, comparing policies in California and New York, and consulting existing literature about the issue at hand. By adapting a 10 step program for making human rights a reality for the homeless in California, the goal of this paper is to propose an advocacy, networking, and education program for organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental, to use when working to shelter the homeless.


Presented at the Spring 2016 Student Research Day.