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Franken honored by law group

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was awarded the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty’s Stewart B. McKinney award for his work to include housing provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Franken’s housing provisions were enacted into law earlier this year.

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.

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.