Robin Urevich: Three days before the city shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus – she was locked out of her home – one of thousands of renters for whom California’s newly enacted tenant protections have proven meaningless.
Sharon Kyle: not so clear is the ways in which our structural and historical conditions set the stage for Black and Brown people to be at greater risk of contracting the Coronavirus.
Randy Shaw: Few thought it would take a pandemic to get the United States to finally end its homelessness crisis. Yet there has been more talk in recent weeks about getting people out of encampments and large shelters than ever before.
Steve Appleford: Facing a health crisis, California legislators call for a moratorium on evictions, utility shutoffs and foreclosures.
Randy Shaw: Just as the pandemic exposes the folly of American workers lacking paid sick leave, it also shows that tenants should not lose their homes solely due to their landlord’s whim.
April M. Short: The movement to revillage our modern world seeks to combat mental illness, housing and climate disasters.
Ariel Boone: Activist groups in the East Bay like The Village and Moms 4 Housing are doing more than building “crisis-informed housing” and promoting housing as a human right. They’re fighting for self-determination.
Jennifer Alexander: Health-care woes often lead to homelessness, but once a person is homeless, getting health care gets even harder for the most vulnerable.
Hannah Herner and Vicky Batcher: Living on the streets brings extra interactions with law enforcement, which can lead to being further displaced from society, but Tennessee’s capital is taking steps to reimagine justice.
Eve Garrow: Many emergency shelters in California are unlicensed, dangerously unregulated, and, as documented in a recent ACLU of Southern California report, filthy and abusive.
Mark Dempsey: Other jurisdictions have demonstrated housing the homeless is actually cheaper than the costs of police and emergency room time. But the Cult of Vengeance deplores anything “free”.
Valerie Vande Panne: Street papers can support everyone in a community by providing a deeper and more meaningful understanding of our shared spaces, especially in cities.
Jessica Goodheart: Youth, the elderly and whole families are tumbling into homelessness at a faster rate than they can be helped onto their feet.