Posted in Columns Housing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

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 Homelessness Housing Kaiser Health News News

Millions stuck at home with no plumbing, kitchen or space to stay safe

Laura Ungar and Elizabeth Lucas, Kaiser Health News May 12, 2020 In nearly half a million American homes, washing hands to prevent COVID-19 isn’t as simple as soaping up and singing “Happy Birthday” twice while scrubbing….

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News

Progressives call again for ‘Peoples Agenda’ with eyes towards next relief package

“No more waiting for ‘next time.’ Next time is now.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Sunday, April 3 As the Senate prepares to reconvene Monday, progressive organizations are encouraging people to put pressure on lawmakers to…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Housing News Rent Freeze

Tens of thousands take part in Covid-19 rent strike across US on May Day

“People aren’t striking because they don’t feel like paying rent. They’re striking because they can’t pay rent.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, May 1 Tens of thousands of people across the United States are expected…

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Posted in Analysis Business Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Airbnb’s gray market is collapsing

Pearl River    There were some pieces of the Airbnb business model that had appeal. Homeowners that were willing to open their own homes to visiting guests seemed like it could build relationships and even, dare…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Evictions Housing Opinion The Conversation

Renters still left out in the cold despite temporary coronavirus protection

  by  Kirk McClure, University of Kansas and Alex Schwartz, The New School Emergency relief for renters across America may protect them from the threat of eviction during the coronavirus crisis – but it won’t last…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Banks Common Dreams Coronavirus Housing News Rent Freeze Safety Net

Ilhan Omar bill would cancel all rent and mortgage payments for duration of Covid-19 crisis

“In 2008, we bailed out Wall Street. This time, it’s time to bail out the American people who are suffering.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Rep. Ilhan Omar on Friday unveiled legislation aimed at providing relief…

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Posted in Coronavirus Housing News Rent Freeze Safety Net The Conversation

The coronavirus pandemic is making the US housing crisis even worse

Even as almost all Americans are told to remain at home, millions are now unemployed and must scramble to figure out how to pay for that home. The irony is that the one thing Americans are…

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

Housing is healthcare!

Pearl River   At ACORN we like the slogan, “Housing is Health Care.” We saw it or picked it up somewhere. I wish I could remember, so I could give proper credit, but in the meantime,…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Common Dreams Housing Policy News

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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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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