And across the USA, exploitative buyers rent and sell substandard overpriced properties. Solutions: “throttle the supply of homes to bad actors… and … the implementation of tenants’ right to council. However they also suggest the need for municipal governments to enforce rental property registration and inspection requirements”
Eric Seymour and Joshua Akers | Evictions have recently gained national attention, in large part through the publication of Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Evicted. According to subsequent work from Desmond and colleagues at Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, we now know that roughly 1 in 40 renter households were evicted between 2000 and 2016, with nearly one million renter households facing eviction each year. While eviction is certainly more likely for low-income renters, Desmond’s work shows how families experiencing eviction fall even further into poverty as a result. After eviction, it becomes even more costly and difficult for already vulnerable families to find housing, hold jobs, and stay healthy.
via Building the Eviction Economy: Speculation, Precarity, and Eviction in Detroit — Urban Affairs Forum
Many, if not most, people experiencing homelessness have dealt for years with PTSD and other mental illnesses while being exploited, often, by the very so-called allies who offer to help them. This is one reason we need better community health care, with long term therapy, and a Universal Basic Income.
. . Excerpt: “The growth of a homeless day camp at the halls of civic power speaks to the breadth of Los Angeles’ burgeoning homelessness problem. The number of those living in the streets and shelters of the city of L.A. and most of the county surged 75% — to roughly 55,000 from about 32,000 […]
via L.A.’s homelessness surged 75% in six years. Here’s why the crisis has been decades in the making By GALE HOLLAND — C PTSD – A Way Out
By GREGORY N. HEIRES Where else but in New York City could you expect a college graduation ceremony to open with the singing of the historic labor song “Solidarity Forever,” along with the country’s national anthem? That occurred at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, which recently celebrated the graduation of the new […]
via CUNY Labor School Advances Worker Careers and Solidarity — DC37
Why #Libraries are so important for all of us, middle and upper classes included, as part of our #PublicDomainInfrastructure.
Comment: especially numbers 5 and 6: reading fiction helps re-wire the brain to build both empathy and compassion…
Right from childhood, many of us have been taught about that reading is very important, and perhaps one of the best hobbies we could have. That said, you may often wonder- how exactly does reading help, and precisely how it helps change the brain. Well, here are some ways reading changes your brain. 7 Ways […]
via 7 Ways Reading Changes Your Brain — Everyday Gyaan
When we first started blogging back in 2011, support for libraries was uncontroversial. Bloggers uniformly seemed to appreciate the commitment of libraries to providing equal access, promoting literacy, and serving as a community space for everyone free of charge. Recently, however, appreciation for libraries seems to have dimmed as readers raise concerns about libraries with […]
via Rethinking How We Discuss the Library — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions
Please call your legislators this morning (Tuesday April 30) and ask them to support AB 1481 the Just Cause for Eviction Bill they vote on today! From Yesenia Miranda Meza at the Alliance of California Community Empowerment: “We passed a statewide rent cap out of the first committee! Last week, ACCE members staged a two […]
via Just Cause for Eviction Bill AB 1481 —
By: Brieanna Smith, Spring 2019 HeLP Legal Services Clinic Intern I observed landlord-tenant mediation recently and had a conversation with an attorney representing landlords; we talked specifically about pro se tenants who were lower income. Landlords’ attorneys are aware that tenants on Section 8 will lose their housing voucher if they get evicted. Attorneys will […]
via Access Through the Lens of Housing — Georgia State Law Clinical Programs
I may be about to lose access to this blog, so please do send any comments you may have for me on prior posts to my Twitter account, @ShiraDest.
I’m making progress on my nonprofit, but have at least another month before finding out if I’m approved by THE MAN!!! Pissed off into my purpose, the goal of DSquared initially is to offer partial housing grants to the homeless, mentally ill population. The grants will range from clients that might need assistance with rent […]
via Logo Feedback Requested — juantetcts
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am so glad I spotted (#Coverlove!) this book in the library, my second read by wonderfully supportive author Laurie Halse Anderson. This first person, past tense Young Adult historical coming of age novel was amazing! Halse Anderson does an excellent job of distinguishing indentured servitude from slavery from hired service while characterizing the main characters quickly and effectively. An excellent and poignant reference to the Memphis Garbage Workers’ Strike via a slave father’s sale is just one of the many places in this work that moves to tears, both of terror and of joy, in the end. Please read this one, as I know I shall, again and again.
Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness ,& #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4: (
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare , and
4. good #publictransport )
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !
April, 12019 HE
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