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As April 1 Nears and Coronavirus Crisis Continues, Demand to #CancelRent Swells

“It’s unreasonable to expect thousands and thousands of people who lost their incomes to pay rent and mortgages on April 1st.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer With the coronavirus pandemic causing an economic crisis for households…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Some changes the coronavirus should bring

Pearl River    In the Age of Trump and the Time of the Coronavirus, there seems to be constant speculation about what changes in our society, habits, and government might be permanent given our collective experience….

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Posted in Columns Evictions Homelessness Housing News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report While we were looking elsewhere

Tenants are facing eviction across America

New Orleans     Recession is here. Layoffs are in the millions. The service industry is hammered. Small businesses are underwater, while the Senate Republicans are only listening to big corporations. Trump is trying to elbow…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Coronavirus is collapsing the gentrifying airbnb model

by Wade Rathke New Orleans    Airbnb is in trouble. The Wall Street Journal reports that “bookings last week were down year-on-year around 95% in Asia, 75% in Europe – the company’s biggest market – and…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Economy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

A little money won’t cut it in the pandemic crisis

New Orleans     On the USA pandemic map, there’s a big fat circle around New Orleans now along with New York, San Francisco, and Boston, some of the oldest cities in the country. Of course, Miami…

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Storm damage in Dayton, Ohio (Shutterstock)
Posted in Climate change Economy Op/Ed OtherWords

If money is tight, climate change is your issue

40 percent of Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency — and more emergencies are coming. By Theo Wuest | OtherWords November 6, 2019 If you’re poor in America, climate change is your issue. We’ve already seen…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Housing Policy News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Rent Freeze Rent Increases

Stop evictions and freeze rents

Pearl River  The ACORN Union in England has launched a petition in the wake of the coronavirus that has already gained 3000 signatures and rising. As reported in The Independent The ACORN union, which supports tenants,…

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Posted in Columns Economy Housing Housing Policy Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Real estate Wealth

Wall Street is crippling the single-family housing market

New Orleans        The financial meltdown in the real estate market of 2007, marked by foreclosures triggered by speculation and broker scams and wiping out the citizen wealth of millions of families, continues to carry a…

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Icon’s Vulcan II 3D printer for homes on a job site in Austin, Texas where it was 3D printing a series of six homes for formerly homeless individuals. (Courtesy of Icon)
Posted in Affordable Housing News Off the wire Public Policy

Around The Corner: 3D housing designed for the homeless and needy seniors

Sharon Jayson March 9, 2020 AUSTIN, Texas — Tim Shea is counting the days until he can move into a new, 3D-printed house. Shea, 69, will be the first to live in one of six such…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Citizen Wealth Housing Policy News Politics Race for the White House 2020 Reveal

Mayor Pete has a redlining problem in Indiana

By Aaron Glantz / February 28, 2020 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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Posted in Analysis Community Development Health The Conversation Urban Planning

Is your city making you fat? How urban planning can address the obesity epidemic

Editors note: With thoughtful planning Flagstaff could turn our continued growth into a health boon for the community. The Ohio City Farm in Cleveland provides low-cost land, shared facilities and technical assistance to support entrepreneurial farmers….

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns economic justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Housing crisis forcing rich cities to get smaller

New Orleans        A reporter, Jed Kolko, with the New York Times seems to be connecting the dots in an interesting and important way.  In a recent article about some of the unintended consequences of geographic…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Columns Community organizing Credit economic justice Housing Policy Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Billionaire and Right-Wing’s racist lies about Redlining

New Orleans    With the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency leading the way to gut the Community Reinvestment Act along with some other federal regulators, the last thing we should be doing is having to…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Business News Reveal

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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Posted in Affordable Housing Analysis Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Off the wire Poverty Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Social Justice

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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Posted in Affordable Housing Economy Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods News Off the wire Real estate Reveal

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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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Community organizing Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Community organizing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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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Signing of CRA in 1977
Posted in Banks Columns Community organizing economic justice Economy Housing Policy National Off the wire Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

City National Bank Shows Why Some CRA Proposals are Wrong

New Orleans      There’s a big split within the federal banking establishment about what to do about revisions to the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act.  This is not your run of the mill, chest thumping, and elbow…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Community organizing Development Housing displacement Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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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