300+ Protest HUD Cuts in Chicago, “Tea Party Housing Projects" Block Traffic, 11 Arrests

300+ Protest HUD Cuts in Chicago, “Tea Party Housing Projects" Block Traffic, 11 Arrests

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Publication Date: 
February 26, 2011
Author: 
Art Golab
Organization Title: 
Chicago Sun-Times

“Protestors constructed a cardboard box “Tea Party Housing Development” to block traffic on Clark Street during rush hour to draw public attention to the injustice of targeting the deepest federal budget cuts to programs for low-and moderate-income communities, including vital HUD housing programs.   

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Victory in New Orleans: Housing Authority Commits to Hire 40% Residents in Redevelopment

Victory in New Orleans: Housing Authority Commits to Hire 40% Residents in Redevelopment

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Publication Date: 
February 24, 2011
Author: 
Katy Reckdahl
Organization Title: 
The Times-Picayune

In this time of unprecedented hardship, Mayday New Orleans, a member of the Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights, has helped secure a significant victory this week for the low-income residents of New Orleans, Louisiana! 

With the construction beginning of "mixed-income" developments on the site of two former public housing complexes - B.W. Cooper and Lafitte, each demolished in the wake of Hurricane Katrina - a deal has been struck by which 40 percent of workers employed in the redevelopment must be residents. 

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The Power of Squatting: Historical & International Perspective on the Role of Squatters in U.S. Legal Reform

The Power of Squatting: Historical & International Perspective on the Role of Squatters in U.S. Legal Reform

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Publication Date: 
February 23, 2011
Author: 
Hannah E. Dobbz
Organization Title: 
BeyondChron: San Francisco's Alternative Online Daily News

The following article highlights the role squatting has played in pushing legal reform in land relationships in the U.S. and abroad.  Furthermore, the article highlight's the timeliness of modern squatting movements, such as Take Back the Land, in our current economic crisis, which began in the housing sector.  In fact, the article argues that the use of "crisis" in relation to "housing" is misleading because it implies a shortage, while, in fact, we have an incredible surplus of homes.  Rather, it's an issue of equitable distribution of resources.

 

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HUD Tenants Say Federal Budget Cut Proposal is a Valentine's Day Massacre

HUD Tenants Say Federal Budget Cut Proposal is a Valentine's Day Massacre

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Publication Date: 
February 17, 2011
Author: 
Paul Boden, Western Regional Advocacy Project
Organization Title: 
Huffington Post

With Congress proposing huge spending cuts in the next seven months of FY 2011, including drastic cuts for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs aiding the poor, local coalitions of HUD tenants, homeless leaders, and their allies organized coordinated actions in over 20 cities across the country on Valentine's Day.

The following blog, posted by Paul Boden of the Western Regional Advocacy Project in the Huffington Post on Feb. 17, 2011, explains this national crisis and how local HUD tenants are coming together to fight back:

 

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NAHT Delivers Valentine's Message: Home Is Where the Heart Is

NAHT Delivers Valentine's Message: Home Is Where the Heart Is

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Publication Date: 
February 14, 2011
Author: 
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Organization Title: 
The Nation

This Valentine’s Day, tenant leaders representing millions of low-income families—some of whom face the prospect of homelessness due to draconian cuts proposed by the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee—are engaging in direct actions and demonstrations in 19 cities across the nation.

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11 percent of American Homes are Vacant! Warehoused – While Homelessness Rises

11 percent of American Homes are Vacant! Warehoused – While Homelessness Rises

According to a CNBC article published Jan. 31st, 2011 (written by Diana Olick): “There were 18.4 million vacant homes in the U.S. in Q4 ‘10 (11 percent of all housing units vacant all year round), which is actually an improvement of 427,000 from a year ago, but not for the reasons you’d think.  The number of vacant homes for rent fell by 493 thousand, as rental demand rose. 471,000 homes are listed as “Held off Market” about half for temporary use, but the other half are likely foreclosures.

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Picture the Homeless Teams Up with College Students to Conduct Historic Citywide Vacant Property Count

Picture the Homeless Teams Up with College Students to Conduct Historic Citywide Vacant Property Count

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Publication Date: 
February 9, 2011
Author: 
Picture the Homeless

Today, Picture the Homeless and Hunter College’s Center for Community Planning and Development (HCCCPD), has announced the first-ever count of vacant buildings and lots throughout the five boroughs. The survey, to be launched in February 2011, is the first of its kind and is unprecedented in scope.

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Chicago-AEC asks: Where are the poor and working class supposed to live?

Chicago-AEC asks: Where are the poor and working class supposed to live?

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Publication Date: 
February 7, 2011
Author: 
Darryl Holliday
Organization Title: 
The Columbia Chronicle
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Something for Nothing: The Selling Off of Public Housing

Something for Nothing: The Selling Off of Public Housing

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Publication Date: 
February 1, 2011
Author: 
Paul Boden, Western Regional Advocacy Project
Organization Title: 
Huffington Post
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The Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights Urges Congress to Support National Moratorium on Evictions

The Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights Urges Congress to Support National Moratorium on Evictions

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Publication Date: 
January 24, 2011

In this time of escalating displacement by foreclosures and evictions, the Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights is demanding that our elected representatives make good on their many promises to provide our communities with much-needed relief from this instability.

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