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Unmasking the secret landlords buying up America

By Aaron Glantz / December 17, 2019 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and…

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3 ways HUD is using regulatory attacks to dismantle fair housing protections

More than 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the ultimate goal of the law—to eliminate all forms of housing discrimination and end residential segregation—is still far from reach. By Areeba Haider…

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Unmasking the secret landlords buying up America

By Aaron Glantz / December 17, 2019 America’s cities are being bought up, bit by bit, by anonymous shell companies using piles of cash. Modest single-family homes, owned for generations by families, now are held by…

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Tenants and communities organizing in Ireland

Dublin A change in plans pushed Tunisia off of my plane ticket and found me jumping instead from Manchester, England, to Dublin, Ireland, to meet with the officers of ACORN’s newest affiliate, CATU-Ireland or Communities and…

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The big, fat, long tail of neighborhood segregation

Manchester     The “long tail” is a tech-marketing concept that pundits and futurists promote with some enthusiasm.  The heart of it is that some businesses, especially enabled by the internet and the Amazon world view, could make…

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When people downsize to tiny houses, they adopt more environmentally friendly lifestyles

Tiny houses on display in Portland, Oregon in 2017. Dan David Cook/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA Maria Saxton, Virginia Tech Interest is surging in tiny homes – livable dwelling units that typically measure under 400 square feet. Much…

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Beacons of hope in the European housing crisis

Amsterdam      A housing conference took place in a workers’ center built in the heart of a neighborhood in the 1930s in the midst of the worldwide depression that the conveners thought underscored the possibilities even in…

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A Baltimore eviction scene.
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Rathke: The dollars driving landlords to evict aren’t big time

Little Rock      The landlord ideology about tenants is based on a narrative mythology that whenever they evict, it is because their tenants are deadbeats and scofflaws.  Landlords having powerful local and national organizations and a much…

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Cranes soaring to escape London, building student housing not affordable housing

Editors note: It appears that the same corporate motivations building expensive student housing and condos for vacationers in Flagstaff is infecting the world. ACORN is building a campaign in Ireland to combat unbridled development. New Orleans  One thing that intrigued…

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On the doors in Dublin

Dublin      What a treat!  Intermixed with making the organizing plan for the year with some of the CATU officers, I got to be backup with a couple of the committee on the doors in the…

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