The Congressman Who Risked His Life To Fight Homelessness


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On the eve of March 3, 1987, a group of homeless advocates, Congressmen, and celebrities assembled near Capitol Hill to address the homelessness epidemic that had erupted throughout the nation.

Rep. Stewart McKinney from Connecticut was the first Republican on Capitol Hill willing to go public about a need for a federal initiative for the homeless. To make a strong point, he participated in the Great American Sleep-Out in March. Two months later, McKinney died from AIDS-related pneumonia, which he likely contracted during his stay out in the cold. His surviving legacy, McKinney helped make the fight against homelessness a national priority.


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Federal Programs Related to - Services for the Homeless

Programs that provide supportive services for individuals and families who are homeless or which work with people who are at risk for homelessness in an effort to prevent them from losing their permanent residence.

Federal Programs Related to - Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Programs that focus on protecting and promoting the broad civil rights and civil liberties of individuals and work to change public policy and opinion in a variety of areas.

See also: +COMMON CODE Advocacy (**B); Hate Crimes Prevention (I02.07); Housing Discrimination (I05.08); Voter Services (W08.05)


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