That judge has a moral and legal responsibility to ensure those families are housed. We have policy that supports this (Housing Act of 1949). I'd be curious about the court case and its outcomes further from the eviction.
That seedy real estate company that owns the property makes me cringe. THEY are the cause of this crisis. Of course they weren't going to be willing to negotiate because THEY are the beast.
Reading this article gave me the chills. The support and attention it brings to the very real experience of racial discrimination was reassuring. This is the outcome of history's SUPER intentional institutionalized racism of US developers and lawmakers in redlining and blockbusting the housing supply. So sad. My heart goes out to those women.
Was pretty much nodding along to EVERYTHING you said here, so on point. Didn't know about that Housing Act, you'd think that would be used everywhere to fight back against shady companies like those wretched real estate flippers. 🤯
Likewise re your comment on community place-making. How would it not be seen as a benefit to to have families in need of a home in vacant lots? I think the answer is clear - home ownership has and forever will be a discriminatory practice. It's not about community wellbeing at the end of the day - it's about turning a profit at whomever's expense
Wow, this is just insane. Sitting on so many empty places while thousands are homeless is unconscionable. What a crazy world.
Empty homes are bad for community. That's what I keep thinking. Adverse-possession works when the new neighbors are a positive influence on the community, which they generally are.
So true, especially to be empty in the middle of a housing crisis. Adding more hard-working moms to a community seems like a....clear win for that area. It brings up a lot of the "place-making" lessons for how to activate a community or neighborhood, none of which include exclusion.
Yes. I'm a huge fan of nonviolent civil disobedience. Obviously. (Curious: Is anyone not?)
This is a reminder that so many people are fighting so many important fights. And a lot of them are extremely personal. A roof for my child. God, that's unfathomable.