Posted in Columns Housing Wade Rathke

Homeownership gap widens

by Wade Rathke September 28, 2021 New Orleans      When I wrote Citizen Wealth, published in 2009, I proudly recorded the role that ACORN played in increasing the homeownership rate of Black and Hispanic Americans…

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Posted in Columns Rent Control Wade Rathke

The fight for rent control is global

by Wade Rathke September 25, 2021 Pearl River    Talking to Sydnee Blum, ACORN’s head organizer in eastern Canada on Wade’s World, she told a shocking story of a member in one of the neighborhoods who…

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News

Trump-appointed judge strikes down pandemic eviction moratorium

‘The CDC Must Appeal Immediately’ The pause on evictions was put in place to help stem the spread of Covid-19. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, February 26, 2021 A Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas on…

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"For the 12 million Americans who are behind an average of $5,000 each on rent, even an eviction moratorium is not enough," over 200 national and community groups say in a new ad calling for housing debt cancellation published at USA Today says.
Posted in Biden Administration Evictions News

‘Eviction moratorium is not enough’: 200+ groups demand rent cancellation, debt relief

“To prevent an eviction disaster and the public health crisis that would come with it, we need immediate action that provides full debt relief.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, January 4, 2021 A diverse coalition…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Evictions

Report shows corporate landlords received public funding yet still kicked out tenants

In Arizona ‘Subsidizing the Spread of Covid’ “Giving ‘Covid relief’ to those most likely to evict is like giving money to stop climate change to oil barons—it makes the problem worse.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer…

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Posted in Evictions News Unemployment

Sanders slams Trump’s intransigence as millions lose unemployment lifeline

‘Unbelievably Cruel’ “People are losing their extended unemployment benefits,” said the senator from Vermont. “They’re going to be evicted from their apartments because the eviction moratorium is ending.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Sunday, December 27,…

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Posted in Columns Housing Wade Rathke

Homeless squatters vs. gentrifiers

by Wade Rathke December 21, 2020 Pearl River   Congress passed a skinny stimulus bill for $900 billion to win the “better than nothing” award for 2020. Whoopee! The bill does promise a bit of cash…

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Posted in Columns Evictions Rent Increases Wade Rathke

Rent squeeze

by Wade Rathke December 16, 2020 Atlanta   As the team visits one family after another in apartment complexes in metro Atlanta, after we talk to them about voting, early and by mail, we have been…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Evictions

Millions of tenants ‘headed for absolute disaster’ after new year, owing average of nearly $6,000 in rent and utilities

“This is like a Charles Dickens novel. It’s an evolving story of how people at the bottom are suffering.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Tuesday, December 8 Without a coronavirus relief package centered on helping working…

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Posted in Analysis Evictions New Debtors Prisons Pro Publica

A deputy prosecutor was fired for speaking out against jail time for people who fall behind on rent

Arkansas prosecutor Josh Drake called the state’s criminal eviction statute “cruel” and “unconstitutional.” Criminal charges against tenants falling behind on rent have continued, even as the pandemic has worsened. by Maya Miller and Ellis Simani  An…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Evictions News Rent Freeze

Amid deadly and intensifying pandemic, and massive unemployment, Kushner-owned company moves to evict hundreds of tenants

“We don’t need slumlords running our country—we need to cancel rent and ensure that housing is a human right.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, November 5 An apartment company co-owned by President Donald Trump’s senior…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Evictions News While we were looking elsewhere

New Trump WH guidance on eviction moratorium a blow to renter protections and public health

Issued ‘When No One Was Looking,’ “Public health evidence is clear: Eviction increases Covid-19 deaths and spread.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 In a largely overlooked move late last week, the Trump administration—following…

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Posted in Analysis Housing Pro Publica Rent Increases Trump Inc

The Kushners’ Freddie Mac loan wasn’t just massive, it came with unusually good terms, too.

Despite a history of underperforming properties, Kushner Companies received a near-record sum from a government-backed lender. Should it default, taxpayers could be forced to foot much of the bill. The agency says politics played no role….

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Coronavirus Evictions Rent Increases Wade Rathke

The vultures are circling the housing market

by Wade Rathke September 21, 2020 New Orleans      Following right behind the crisis that tenants are facing with the eviction situation clouded in different courts and interpretations and no stimulus in the offing, mortgage holders…

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Posted in Columns Evictions Wade Rathke

CDC’s eviction ban, please and maybe

by Wade Rathke September 16, 2020 New Orleans   I didn’t want to be right on this, but from any reading of the Center for Disease Control’s federal eviction ban, it was clear that it was going…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Analysis Homelessness Housing

Community land trusts could help heal segregated cities and reduce homelessness

Efforts to build wealth for Black Americans could focus on property ownership.  Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images by  Mark Roseland, Arizona State University and Christopher Boone, Arizona State University American cities represent part of the…

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Posted in Columns Evictions Wade Rathke

Navigating the eviction relief labyrinth

by Wade Rathke Saturday, September 5 Pearl River   All of the headlines read that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) had directed no evictions for the rest of the year. Before we do the happy…

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A woman wearing a mask walks past a wall bearing graffiti asking for rent forgiveness in Los Angeles on May 1, 2020. (Photo: Valerie Macon / AFP via Getty Images file)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Evictions Homelessness News

Trump eviction moratorium only delays—doesn’t prevent—housing crisis

“While an eviction moratorium is essential, it is a half-measure that extends a financial cliff for renters to fall off when the moratorium expires and back rent is owed.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, September…

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Philadelphians rallied at City Hall before taking to the streets to demand Congress return and come to a deal on unemployment and other relief measures on August 20, 2020. (Screencapture from photo by Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Evictions News Safety Net Unemployment

Number of unemployed people struggling to cover basic needs has nearly doubled since GOP killed $600 Federal boost

While Senate Republicans push for a “skinny” coronavirus relief bill, half of jobless Americans couldn’t pay for basic expenses in August, up from 27% in July. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, September 2 After Senate…

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Cars display signs requesting to stop evictions as protesters supporting the rent freeze gather in Chinatown on August 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. During the pandemic, California has passed a number of eviction protections that are under evaluation as they have started expiring. (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Evictions

Eviction fears mount as grace period for federal moratorium expires

‘Coming to a Town Near You.’  “It is morally obscene that the American people have to rely on GoFundMe to pay for rent and food,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News Pro Publica

The eviction ban worked, but it’s almost over. Some landlords are getting ready.

The CARES Act was largely successful in keeping millions of American renters from facing eviction during the pandemic. As protections fade, some landlords are gearing up to return to court. by Jeff Ernsthausen and Ellis Simani …

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Posted in Columns Housing Wade Rathke

New Communities and community land trusts

by Wade Rathke Greenville   Reading in Harper’s about New Communities farming land trust in Georgia celebrating the 50th anniversary since its founding, my memory is playing tricks on me. I keep thinking that I met…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Housing News Pro Publica Safety Net

Rent is still due in Kushnerville

Government stimulus checks and a temporary ban on evictions are tiding over the suddenly jobless residents of housing complexes owned by Jared Kushner’s company. But what will happen when both soon run out?      …

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News Pro Publica

Can you be evicted during Coronavirus? Here’s how to find out.

The CARES Act temporarily protects millions of renters from being evicted, and many states and cities passed their own rules to help those struggling to pay rent. Use our new database to find out if eviction…

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