Tag Archives: Housing

Housing Foreclosure Still A Crime Scene

Housing Foreclosure Still A Crime Scene
After the forensic audit was completed, Register O’Brien proclaimed: :My registry is a crime scene as evidenced by this forensic examination. The Audit makes the finding that this was not only a MERS (Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems) problem, but a scheme also perpetuated by MERS shareholder ... Read more

The New Housing Crisis: Renters Are Being Ripped Off

The New Housing Crisis: Renters Are Being Ripped Off
Think of the people who inhabit the houses owned by these under-examined corporations. Mindy Culpepper lived on the outskirts of Atlanta in a home inundated with the stench of raw sewage. She had her husband paid $1,225 a month to live in the three-bedroom house even as their landlord, Colony ... Read more

The RAD-ical Shifts to Public Housing

The RAD-ical Shifts to Public Housing
By Rachel M. Cohen Originally posted in Prospect.org Traditional public housing is out of favor and substantially out of funds. It’s bureaucratic, concentrates the very poor, and is literally crumbling due to a huge backlog of deferred maintenance. Yet despite real catastrophes—such as Chicago’s bleak, ... Read more

Homeless shelters prove profitable

Homeless shelters prove profitable
A new, lucrative way of making money in the housing market has swept over the city in recent years. Move over, luxury Long Island City high-rise condos and Brooklyn brownstones, homeless shelters have become hot commodities among some landlords. As the Department of Homeless Services struggles to house the ... Read more

Infographic: Community Land Trusts

Infographic: Community Land Trusts
Community land trusts are a key strategy for helping low-income communities build assets through home ownership while mitigating the destructive consequences of irrational, speculation-fueled housing markets. By keeping housing permanently affordable, a community land trust helps reduce the displacement that ... Read more

Mobilizing for the common: some lessons from Italy

Mobilizing for the common: some lessons from Italy
Tens of thousands of protesters marched on Rome this Saturday to denounce the austerity measures and economic reforms of Matteo Renzi’s new government and to restate their call for income, housing and dignity for all. Dozens were injured as clashes broke out towards the end of the march and ... Read more