Tag: housing

Coronavirus And Housing: Here’s How People Are Fighting Homelessness In The Era Of COVID-19

Source: Spencer Platt / Getty With the closing of businesses across the country due to the coronavirus, many workers must face the idea of not being able to pay their rent. For cities that are already suffering a homeless crisis, the health risks are increased even further by the presence of the coronavirus disease 2019 […]

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After ‘Parasite’, City of Seoul Will Rehab Similar Basement Apartments

Parasite‘s record-setting global success has brought about plenty of unexpected effects—like the fact that everyone and their mom seems to be making jjapaguri, or “ram-don” as it’s known in the film. The Spanish company whose chips can be seen in the tense drinking scene reported a 150% rise in sales associated with the movie; and […]

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A Wildcat Strike Grows Out of a Housing Crisis

Lately, Brenda Arjona has been leaning hard on the campus food pantry. The 33-year-old single mother and third-year anthropology graduate student says she makes around $2,200 a month after taxes as a part-time teaching assistant at the University of California Santa Cruz. She also pays around $1,700 a month for the two-bedroom she shares with […]

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Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Moms 4 Housing as Group Continues Fighting for ‘Fundamental Right’ to Safe, Affordable Shelter

Photo: Jeff Chiu, File (AP Images) Alameda County prosecutors dropped charges against the group Moms 4 Housing and its supporters on Thursday, nearly a month after they were forcefully evicted and briefly jailed from the vacant West Oakland home they were squatting in. “This is the right result; the just result,” EmilyRose Johns, an attorney […]

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More Than Half of Homeless Families Are Black, Government Report Says

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) More than half a million Americans experienced homelessness in 2019—a number that has slowly ticked upward in recent years. Of the families that make up that number, the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress finds that 52 percent are black. Of an estimated 568,000 Americans who were without shelter last […]

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‘We Needed to Do Something to End This:’ Why a Group of Black Moms Took Over a Vacant House in Oakland

In November of of last year, a group of black mothers—Dominique Walker, Tolani King, Sameerah Karim, Sharena Thomas, and Misty Cross—moved into a shabby white house in Oakland that had sat vacant for two years. They called themselves Moms 4 Housing, and they had taken the radical but beautifully simple step of moving into the […]

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Mothers Against Vampire Real Estate

The house on 2928 Magnolia Street in West Oakland, California, is an unassuming three-bedroom with a faded-out porch and white siding gone slightly gray with time. For two years, like an estimated 46,000 other homes in the area, it sat empty. But even in its unused state, the obscure physics of the market pumped and […]

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The Silicon Valley Economy Is Here. And It’s a Nightmare.

Vanessa Bain was less than a year into her gig as an Instacart shopper when the company announced it would no longer allow tipping on its app. Instacart instead began imposing a 10 percent “service fee” that replaced the previous default tip of 10 percent. The change had no impact on customers, who could be […]

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