The Housing Crisis and Homelessness

2/27/2009 6:18:54 PM

Tags: Politics, Social Justice, Left Turn, Picture the Homeless, Change.org, stimulus bill, housing crisis, homelessness, activism

Left TurnAmid all the talk about what the stimulus bill will do for homeowners facing foreclosure, the latest issue of Left Turn contains a timely observation: “In the 30 years since the federal government’s move to deprioritize low-incoming housing led to the modern homelessness epidemic, homelessness has become a separate issue from housing.” The insight is part of a great, manifesto-like article (not yet online) coauthored by “a bunch of folks” at Picture the Homeless, a grassroots advocacy group founded and led by homeless people in New York City.

The stigma attached to homelessness, the coauthors argue, only serves to segregate the very poor into two groups—those who have housing, and those who don’t. “Frequently, we find our demands at odds with organizations. . .  who on the surface would be our allies,” they write. “Housing groups organize tenants to fight eviction and block rent increases, but their demands for the creation of ‘affordable housing’ are targeted at income ranges well above the poverty level. . . . Long-term community residents fighting against gentrification and displacement frequently fail to feel any solidarity with homeless people who already have been displaced from those communities.”

As the feisty folks at Picture the Homeless tell it: “There is not a homeless crisis, but there is a housing crisis, with homelessness being one result.” It seems like their approach is gaining traction, too. Over at Change.org, Shannon Moriarty chronicles some of the decidedly housing-oriented ways that cities plan to spend their share of the $1.5 billion allotted to homelessness prevention.

Sources: Left Turn, Change.org



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Sondra_1
11/25/2009 11:49:09 AM
Hey Sociopath, I'd like to talk to you about what you do. I'm working on a project that may dovetail with some of what you do and would like to interview you if you're game. You can reach me (or anyone else who is working in the housing crisis) at thegreatinspiration@gmail.com - just tell me where you found this. Thanks.

Sondra_1
11/25/2009 11:48:31 AM
Hey Sociopath, I'd like to talk to you about what you do. I'm working on a project that may dovetail with some of what you do and would like to interview you if you're game. You can reach me (or anyone else who is working in the housing crisis) at thegreatinspiration@gmail.com - just tell me where you found this. Thanks.

Holly M
4/14/2009 5:49:24 AM
Homelessness can happen to anyone. People may face foreclosure for many reasons. Extreme changes in life situations like death, divorce, prolonged illness and many others, or because they must immediately relocate. Foreclosure can occur when payments become three to four or more months late, depending on the mortgage terms. Foreclosure is becoming pandemic these days. So many thousands of people are losing their jobs, and with the loss of income the rate of foreclosure has been going up. People are losing both their mortgage and their home. If you can do so, then getting a cash advance to stem it off isn't a bad idea. Refinancing, lowering monthly payments and interest can give a bit more breathing room as well. In today's economy, it is most definitely in your best interest to do whatever you can, including getting a cash advance to stem off foreclosure. http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2009/04/03/save-house-cash-advance/

Holly M
4/14/2009 5:49:12 AM
Homelessness can happen to anyone. People may face foreclosure for many reasons. Extreme changes in life situations like death, divorce, prolonged illness and many others, or because they must immediately relocate. Foreclosure can occur when payments become three to four or more months late, depending on the mortgage terms. Foreclosure is becoming pandemic these days. So many thousands of people are losing their jobs, and with the loss of income the rate of foreclosure has been going up. People are losing both their mortgage and their home. If you can do so, then getting a cash advance to stem it off isn't a bad idea. Refinancing, lowering monthly payments and interest can give a bit more breathing room as well. In today's economy, it is most definitely in your best interest to do whatever you can, including getting a cash advance to stem off foreclosure. http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2009/04/03/save-house-cash-advance/

Tom Hendricks
3/12/2009 11:29:42 AM
We downsize our cars. Let's downsize our homes. The prices for homes has become debilitating. With all the advancements in modular homes there should be a beautiful 'cottage' size home for less than $20 thousand. Many singles, retired people, and couples starting out could benefit We need to do what Napoleon did, and have a cash prize for the architect that can design the best and greenest and most beautiful house for $20 thousand or less.

Sociopath
3/4/2009 7:33:50 AM
I own a small company called Disaster Aid. I travel a lot and have become over aware of the homeless problem that plagues our society. From Philadelphia to San-francisco, everywhere there is a tent city! On the battle line there are people like myself that are only one step from being homeless and those that actually are. Here in West-Virginia we have a delegate (Blair) that wants anyone receiving any kind of government asistance to be tested for drug use monthly. Of course this would add $500,000,000 to the already struggling services that already exist. In our nation if you are not well off (or a politition) you are apt to become homeless. President Obama has no idea of how serious this problem is. Adding Billions to help those that are loosing their homes does not help those who already have.

raine_2
3/1/2009 3:38:05 PM
So much more needs to be done for the hungry and homeless right here in the USA.Everyday we see or read about some new program to help people half way around the world and that is great but we need to turn some of that aid money around and use it to help those in need in our own backyard.






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