Ross, a resident of the Castaway Inn in downtown Reno, was forced to move out after the motel was bought by the developer Jeffrey Jacobs. Jacobs plans to demolish the Castaway.
Posted in Evictions Homelessness News

Reno developer plans to demolish motel that serves as housing lifeline

Jeffrey Jacobs has been buying and demolishing Reno motels for years. He promises the low-income tenants who live there he’ll find them a better place. Displaced residents of the Castaway Inn paint a fuller picture of…

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Bricks piled in a dirt lot where the Town House Motor Lodge once stood near the Sands Regency Hotel Casino in downtown Reno. The casino is owned by the developer Jeffrey Jacobs.
Posted in Evictions Homelessness Real estate

He Tore Down Motels Where Poor Residents Lived During a Housing Crisis. City Leaders Did Nothing.

by Anjeanette Damon, photography by David Calvert, special to ProPublica November 12, 2021 Co-published with Reno Gazette Journal  For most of his life, Ernest Block has managed to stay one step ahead of homelessness. When he…

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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 Analysis Black Lives Matter Reparations

Slave-built infrastructure still creates wealth in US, suggesting reparations should cover past harms and current value of slavery

by Joshua F.J. Inwood, Penn State and Anna Livia Brand, University of California, Berkeley Sunday, February 14, 2021 The Port of Savannah used to export cotton picked by enslaved laborers and brought from Alabama to Georgia…

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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 First Peoples News Housing Policy Investigations

The government promised to return Ancestral Hawaiian land, then never finished the job

Native Hawaiians are still waiting for state and federal officials to fulfill the promises of land legislation that was signed into law 25 years ago. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” said one former governor. by Rob…

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Posted in Analysis Editorial/opinon OtherWords Restart 2021 Safety Net

Low-income voters showed up for Biden. Now they need relief.

People didn’t turn out in record numbers in a pandemic to vote for a return to normal. By Sarah Anderson, Margot Rathke November 12, 2020 Joe Biden is headed to the White House, and he has…

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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 Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy

1.3 million new unemployment claims spotlight consequences of refusing relief package

“As Trump and his Senate allies prioritize advancing their radical judicial agenda, millions of Americans remain jobless, families are battling food insecurity, and tens of thousands of small businesses are shutting their doors for good.” by…

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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 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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New Yorkers in need line up to receive free produce during a Pop-Up Food pantry event hosted by Food Bank For New York City at Barclays Center on September 10, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Survey shows nearly half in US suffering serious economic hardship—and situation ‘going to get worse’

“There is nothing for the people we surveyed who earn under $100,000 a year to fall back on.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, September 11 As the United States endures its six month of the…

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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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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 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 Columns Economy Housing Wade Rathke

Pandemic is pushing Wall Street suburbs and home garden space

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Rumor or reality? I wasn’t sure. My daughter had heard from a real estate agent who specializes in New Orleans historic districts like the French Quarter, Marigny, Bywater, and elsewhere…

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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 Wade Rathke

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 Coronavirus Evictions News Pro Publica Safety Net

Despite Federal Ban, Landlords are still moving to evict people during the pandemic

ProPublica found landlords in at least four states have violated the ban, which was put in place by the CARES Act but has no clear enforcement mechanism. by Jeff Ernsthausen, Ellis Simani and Justin Elliott April…

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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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