Addressing America’s Homelessness and Squalor: What We Could Do If We Cared

The nation’s homeless could be housed for $10 billion a year, less than the price of one aircraft carrier.

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WASHINGTON, WARD 1 -- “I wanna know where the $2.5 million is – that's my reaction.” Muhsin Boe Luther Umar -- or as we call him, Uncle Boe -- throws his hands up and shakes his head. In his role as both Resident Council President at Garfield Terrace and D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B03 Member, he's had more than his fair share of

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Moth-Eaten Eviction Moratorium Leaves Hundreds of Thousands Without a Roof

During the pandemic, landlords have filed for 284,490 evictions – and that’s just in five states and 27 cities. But how could this be? After all, a moratorium shouldn’t allow for hundreds of thousands of households to fall through the cracks. 

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WASHINGTON -- “Raise your hand if you can't pay rent,” she yelled sharply and resolutely into a microphone. A Spanish translation echoed her words as hands shot up across the crowd. “Now make that into a fist. Because we gotta fight! It's only when we fight that we can win!” Cheers and hollers muffled by face masks reverberated off the brick

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Lee Camp: A Dozen Reasons Now is the Time for Housing as a Human Right

America is not based on hard work. Get it out of your head that this society is set up to be fair. Fair would be everyone with a roof over their head.

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Congress's inability to actually represent the real-live human beings of America, combined with an economic system that rewards lack of empathy and an excess of greed, has brought us to a dark time when an oncoming tsunami of financial ruin, destitution and evictions towers over our heads, blocking out the sunlight. The impending evictions may

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Tech Giants Eye Lucrative Rent Market as End to Eviction Moratorium Could Leave Millions Homeless

A “tsunami” of evictions is about to sweep across the United States when the 120-day moratorium ends today, threatening millions of Americans with homelessness or worse – a new set of landlords called Facebook, Google and Apple.

In a 'normal', pre-pandemic economy, a number roughly equal to the population of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania - or about 3.7 million people - are evicted every year in the United States, according to Matthew Desmond, principal investigator of Princeton University's "Eviction Lab" project, which tracks evictions throughout the country and produces the

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Wall Street Will Likely Be the Only Winners in the Pandemic Housing Crisis

For most Americans, the $1,200 stimulus check didn’t even cover rent and a third of American renters have even paid rent yet this month, meaning an ongoing de facto rent strike is likely already taking place.

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The coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown it has precipitated is having a profound effect on the economy of the United States and the rest of the world. Roberto Azevedo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization warned that his projections predict an economic downturn and job losses more severe than those of the great financial crash of

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FEMA’s Work Following Harvey vs. Maria: Disaster Relief Difficult but Effort Counts

In addition to the disappointingly sluggish nature of federal relief efforts in general, it is clear that the timeline for recovery on the mainland is markedly different from that of a U.S. territory. At this point there is no concealing the double standard.

With photographs of hurricane damage on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands below them, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, left, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., attend a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on hurricane recovery, Nov. 14, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

Three months after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, more than 47,000 flood victims continue to live in hotels. Tens of thousands more are living with relatives, in barely habitable homes, or scraping by with other arrangements. Local Houston officials estimate that Harvey destroyed or damaged more than 311,000 individual housing units -- a whopping

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