U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was awarded the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty's Stewart B. McKinney Award for his work to include housing provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Sen. Franken's housing provisions were enacted into law earlier this year. You can download a photo of Sen. Franken speaking at the award ceremony here.
"Since coming to the Senate, Franni and I have worked hard to ensure protections for those whose voices might otherwise go unheard," said Sen. Franken. "And when VAWA was reauthorized earlier this year, it sent a clear message: domestic violence will not be tolerated in America. I'm honored to accept the Stewart B. McKinney Award, and I'm proud to say that women can no longer be evicted from federally supported homes when they're at their most vulnerable."
Sen. Franken authored the Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence Act-which was included in the reauthorization of VAWA-to make it unlawful to evict a woman from federally supported housing just because she is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. You can read more about Sen. Franken's legislation here.
The Stewart B. McKinney Award is named after the former Republican Representative from Connecticut who authored the first major legislation to address the national homelessness crisis.