National Homelessness Law Center honors Nicole Macri

A woman with chin-length dark hair in a red cardigan, ivory-colored shirt and string of beads speaks into a microphone at a podium bearing the image of Martin Luther King. She has a pleasant bearing. There is a paneled wall behind her.
DESC’s Nicole Macri talks about the benefits of Housing First during the opening of the Mary Pilgrim Inn emergency housing project last fall.

The National Homelessness Law Center (Law Center) honored DESC Deputy Director for Strategy Nicole Macri for her work as Washington state representative for the 43rd district with the State Legislator Award at the 2022 Human Right to Housing Awards.

The Law Center presented the annual nonpartisan awards on Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C., for work to advance solutions to homelessness in America. Also honored were U.S. Representative Cori Bush, Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless co-founder Patricia Mullahy Fugere, Alston & Bird LLP and A Bigger Vision Films.

As the Law Center noted, for over 20 years, Nicole “has championed issues around affordable housing, homelessness, human services, behavioral health and health care. She has been at the forefront of the Housing First movement nationally and is a recognized leader in practical and effective strategies that end the homelessness of people living with serious disabilities. In 2021, her Just Cause Eviction bill became law, ensuring that Washington state landlords provide a valid reason for ending certain leases with tenants, a major step in preventing homelessness.”

The Law Center is the leading national voice defending the legal rights of persons experiencing homelessness and advancing the human right to housing.