Some say the “housing crisis is over.” REALLY?
For us things are only getting worse!
10 million people have lost homes because of foreclosures….
and while the real-estate market booms low-income families are being pushed out
3.5 million American residents are homeless, half of whom are children
HUD Secratary Sean Donavan said: “We are in the midst of the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known”
More than 12 million people are Paying over 50% of their income on housing.
and over a million are on official housing wait lists!
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!!!
Is your rent too damn high? Are you living in a shelter? On a public housing wait list? Go to cantwaitlist.org. and
Join the movement!
Join the millions of people who are fighting for dignified and affordable housing.
Join the thousands of communities organizing eviction blockades, rent strikes, and defending their homes
Join the fight for Community Controlled Housing, affordable housing, and development without displacement.
we need your help! Join the can’t wait list.
First, figure out what percentage of your income goes to housing…
How much do you pay for rent, add your utilities, and compare it with whatever you bring in.
if you pay more then 30%, that’s too much!
next: Share your story, we want to tell the human story of the housing crisis.
What are you sacrificing to stay in your home? Food on the table, childcare ------------. for your kids?
Tell us why you just can’t wait! 3
Homes for All will be taking 1200 stories to policy makers across the country to make the case and win policies for the expansion of affordable housing. Thats one story for every 10,000 households paying too much for housing.
Join the millions of people who are no longer just waiting!
There is a growing housing justice movement. Check us out online, Find a local organization in your community! and get involved!
I can’t wait, You can’t wait, We can’t wait!
Algunos dicen que "la crisis de vivienda se ha acabado." ¿DE VERDAD?
¡Las cosas se están empeorando para nosotros!
10 millónes de personas han perdido sus casas por causa de las ejecuciones hipotecarias...
y mientras el mercado de bienes raíces hace muchas ganancias, familias de bajo ingreso están siendo desplazados de sus casas.
3.5 millónes de residentes estadounidenses están sin hogar, y la mitad de ellos son niños
El Secretario de HUD Sean Donovan dijo que: "Estamos en medio de la crisis peor de renta asequible que este país jamás ha conocido."
Más de 12 millónes de personas están pagando 50 por ciento o más de su ingreso en su vivienda.
y oficialmente, más que un millon de personas están en listas de espera para vivienda.
¡¡¡Yo no se para ti, pero yo no puedo esperar más!!!
¿Está demasiada alta su renta?¿Está viviendo en un refugio para desamparados? ¿Está en una lista de espera para vivienda publica? Visíte al www.cantwaitlist.org y...
¡Únase al movimiento!
Acompañé a millónes de personas que están luchando por viviendas dignas y asequibles.
¡Únase a miles de comunidades organizando bloqueos de desalojo, huelgas de alquiler y defendiendo sus casas!
¡Únase a la lucha para vivienda controlada por la comunidad, vivienda asequible y desarrollo de comunidades sin desplazamiento!
¡Necesitamos su ayuda! Únase a la lista de personas que ya no pueden esperar más.
Primero, averigüe que porcentaje de su ingreso va a su vivienda...
¿Cuánto paga por renta? Añade los servicios que pagas, y compárelo con el ingreso que ganas.
¡Si paga más de 30% de su ingreso en su vivienda, eso es demasiado!
Luego: Comparte su cuento. Nosotros queremos contar el cuento humano de la crisis de vivienda.
¿Qué esta sacrificando para poder quedarse en su casa? ¿Para tener comida en la mesa? ¿Cuidado de niños para sus hijos?
¡Díganos por que no puede esperar más!
La campaña de Hogares Para Todos estará colectando 1200 cuentos para traer los a legisladores por todo el país para hacer el caso y ganar policias para la expansión de vivienda asequible. Esto sería un cuento por cada 10,000 de familias pagando demasiado para su vivienda.
¡Únase a millónes de personas que ya no están esperando más!
Hay un movimiento de justicia de vivienda creciendo. ¡Visítenos en la red, encuentre a una organización en su comunidad e involúcrese!
Yo no puedo esperar. Ustedes no pueden esperar. ¡Nosotros no podemos esperar más!
你的房租是不是給的太高了？你目前是不是住在臨時庇護住所？或者你在申請住政府房屋的候選名單上？登錄網站 cantwaitlist.org 並
584 people have joined the Can't Wait List
My name is Xiuduan Huang; I live with my family in Chinatown. Our monthly rent is 1150 and the living conditions aren’t that good. I work part time and all my income would only be able to pay for the rent. My son was on a waiting list for daycare for 2 years, finally we were told he is able to attend there this fall in Chinatown. We are so happy for the news, however, we also got a letter from landlord, and he wants us to move out. He listed different violations in the letter, but it was not true. We did not did anything wrong. Even when there a place need to be fix, I would pay someone to fix it for me. I was so afraid of the landlord will use it as excuse to kick us out. After the fact, he still wants to evict us. We do not know what to do; we have been looking for housing all over the community. There is no any affordable housing available for us.
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
East LA Community Corporation
Our names are Emanuel and Edith and we are husband and wife. We are a family of 5 that includes our three sons. Before coming to Lorena Terrace we lived in an apartment that was not in good condition. It was always a battle to get the landlord to fix anything. The apartment was actually given to us with staples coming off the carpet which was dangerous because we have small children. We had an infestation of roaches because there were cracks on the walls and on the floor. The landlord actually gave the place to us with dirty carpets and in the process of us cleaning the house we found dead rats. The landlord always tried to do a “quick fix.” The place was definitely not livable.
We saw that at the places we lived the landlord always tried to take advantage of families like ours and the Latino community (and that still continues to happen in the neighborhood). They ask for a security deposit even though the place is not in good condition. It got to the point where we contacted the Housing Department on the land lord. We see that most families either don’t know their rights as tenants or are afraid to call and report such incidents because of their legal status or because they are afraid of getting kicked out. We waited two and a half years to get into our new home. We have been living in Lorena Terrace for a year and a half now.
To us, this means having a secure, affordable and stable home. We know that this a secure gated place and it makes our family feel safe for the kids to play outdoors. We used to live in a place where there was tons of noise all the time, here it is nice and peaceful. Home is whatever you make it. We are both self-employed; we are graphic designers. We used to work for a company before but the best decision was being our own boss. We get to work from home and stay with our children all day. We actually get to raise our own children. It’s a shame that some families have to work far and long hours and need to pay for a baby sitter; they don’t get to see their kids grow up.
This home allows us to stay and work and enjoy our children. Yes, we are willing to support more affordable housing, especially for people who are starting a new family. Low income families need this type of housing para superarse- to better their situation. It is easy for the environment to eat you alive. You have to detach yourself from a bad environment to overcome many things. This is why affordable housing is needed.
My name is Clerida Rodriguez, and I am a member of City Life/Vida Urbana. Until yesterday, my 10-yr-old daughter and I lived in a house in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston that I bought in 2006 with an unfair loan from Lehman Bros. The bank would not modify the payments that rose to over $5,000/mo, so I was foreclosed on. Then my house was sold to a corporate landlord, Wallace Capital, who brought a no-fault eviction case against me. The court gave me through February 2014 to stay, paying monthly use and occupancy - which I paid with help from a bank settlement fund which assists victims of predatory lending. My finances were devastated by the foreclosure process as well as my husband being deported, so my family is now waiting to be placed in public housing. My daughter needs the stability of being able to continue going to her school and receiving treatment at her health center. But due to the affordable housing crisis in Massachusetts (which was created by companies like my landlord driving up rents based on profit rather than cost), there are thousands of families on the public/affordable housing waiting lists, including 4,200 already in homeless shelters. I have applied to at least 25 subsidized housing waiting lists both private and public, and I continue my housing search weekly. My Boston Housing Authority worker explained to me that the public housing in my city has a 98.9% occupancy rate, with 14,000 people on the waiting list, so even the highest priority cases have a 2 to 5-year wait for an apartment. Although I have been waitlisted at BHA with Priority One status since December 2012, I still had no place to go as of March 1, 2014, so I applied for emergency shelter for the first time in my life. Now my daughter and I are living out of a temporary motel placement. Since coming to this country from Ecuador 20 years ago, I have worked very hard and paid into the system. All I want is to continue to do my part, and pay rent based on my income. Corporate "investors' like Wallace Capital are making that impossible by eliminating the little privately-owned housing in our city that is in any way affordable for poor and working-class families like mine.
Los Angeles , CA
Estoy luchando por mas de 6 años en aplicar para section 8, y nunca lo he prodido recibir. Yo estoy buscando un hogar en el primer piso porque estoy en silla de ruedas.
Yo soy guardian de mis nietos y es dificil poder ir a las juntas de la escuela y llevarlos porque no hay quien me pueda subir y bajar desde el segundo piso.
Tambien, habia una oportunidad para que mi hija vaya a estudiar en una escuela de honores en Hollywood porque tenia muy buenas notas pero por la situación de mi casa no pudo ir. Y me dio mucha tristesa.
Yo vivo en un apartamento de dos recamaras donde pago $1.200,00 de renta. Pero yo quiero un lugar para los niños. Hay ratones, cucarachas, y chinches en el apartamento. El edificio tiene casi 100 años. Aparte de que pago demasiado hay insectos por donde sea. El dueño no ha querido fumigar. Yo misma a tenido que atrapar ratones. Cuando el dueño hace algo, nomas hace una media fumiga pero ni dura mucho el efecto.
Un hogar es donde tu llegas y tienes a alguien que te espera con comida, una sonrisa, unas palabras de amor. Es diferente que una casa. Un hogar es del sentido. Un hogar es de armonía. Aunque un hogar sea pobre es importante que aiga amor.
Una comunidad es importante para mi porque una casa tiene su familia, pero una comunidad es una familia grande. Hoy para ti y después para mi.
Me tuve que mover en el apartamento en donde estoy por motivos desafortunados. Pero esto no es el lugar ideal para mi familia.
Trabaje con World Vision por mucho tiempo.
Pero no ha trabajado por mas de 10 años porque estoy desabilitada y tambien tengo que cuidar a mis nietos.
Si estoy dispuesta, seria bien que todos nos unieramos. Porque todos unidos podemos hacer mas. Tenemos que trabajar unidos. Porque si lo hacemos individualmente no pasara nada. A mi me gusta trabajar con la comunidad cuando esta dispuesta. Cuando me movi en esta area aboge con mis vecinos a traer mas vigilancia de policia porque habia mucha delinquensa.
I have been fighting for 6 years to obtain Section 8 housing and I have never been able to receive it. I am need of a home that is also wheel chair accessible.
As guardian of my grandchildren, it has been difficult for me to attend school meetings or even take them to school because I have no way of getting up and down the stairs from our second floor apartment. My daughter has been an immense help but her help is so needed that when the opportunity to study at an honors college in Hollywood came she could not go. This situation has caused me a great deal of sadness.
I am paying $1,200, of a two bedroom apartment in a building that is almost 100 years old, and it is no place for kids. There are rats, roaches, and bedbugs. I pay way too much to live in a place with insects everywhere. The landlord has wanted to fumigate but when he does it isn’t very effective and as a result I have had to trap rats.
A home is where you can come and find someone waiting with a meal, a smile, and kind words. A home is much more than just a house; it’s a sense of peace and harmony that even while it might be a poor home there is still love.
Community is important to me because just as you would have your family in your house, you have a grand family in/with your community.
I worked with World Vision for a many years but it has been 10 years since I last worked in part due to my disability and taking care of my grandchildren.
Yes, I am willing to fight. It would be great if we could all unite, because united we can accomplish more.
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Did you know? According to the Federal Government, the definition of affordability is for a household to pay no more than 30 percent of its annual income on housing. Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered severely cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care.
Now more than ever housing is unaffordable for millions of people, and Wall street profits are being prioritized over human needs. The purpose of this site is to unite people across the country who don't have affordable, dignified, or stable housing. By sharing our stories, we will illustrate the impact of the housing crisis on our families, the economy and the country as a whole.
The Can’t Wait List is a project of the Homes for All Campaign. Homes For All is building the power of our communities to advocate for local and national policies that will expand truly affordable*, quality housing.
* HFA defines affordable housing as housing that is free from the threat of displacement, quality, community controlled, accessible, environmentally sustainable, and affordable to all.