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

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

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

Review of a Young Adult book on Slavery still relevant today: Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains (Seeds of America, #1)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: (
1. #libraries,
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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