Truthout: Tenants Push Back Against Corporate Landlords During “Renter Week of Action”

Saturday, September 23, 2017 By Candice Bernd, Truthout  In her five years renting from notorious Minneapolis slumlord Stephen Frenz and his Apartment Shop LLC, Molly Hasbrook, who is the building captain for her apartment unit, has seen it all. “Lots of ignored maintenance issues, some very major, cockroaches for about three years that weren’t properly […]

RPA Lab: Renters Call for Local, National Action as Rents Rise

By Pierina Ana Sanchez Renting is on the rise. Since the Great Recession, there has been a Great Reset, from owning to renting. And rents have been getting higher and higher in cities and suburbs nationwide. It should be no surprise then, that renters and advocates have been showing up this year. In July, the […]

City Lab: If Rent Were Affordable, the Average Household Would Save $6,200 a Year

A new analysis points to the benefits of ending the severe affordability crisis. Tanvi Misra Sep 20, 2017  Link: CityLab If renters paid just what they could afford in rent, the average household would have $6,200 a year more in their pocket to spend on groceries, childcare, medical care, and education—things one in five households […]

MinnPost: Could Minneapolis be doing more to address its affordable housing crisis?

MinnPost photo by Jared Goyette Rally attendees protesting rent increases outside the Uptown Minneapolis offices of Nexus Real Estate Services on Sept. 6. Flora Dominguez lives in a one-bedroom apartment in a nondescript tan brick building on Pleasant Avenue in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis. There’s not much space for her and her husband, Alfonso, […]

The Progressive: ‘Renter Week’ Brings Protests to Corporate Landlord and HUD Offices

by Lucas Sczygelski   September 19, 2017 Link: The Progressive Renters in dozens of U.S. cities are organizing demonstrations this week under the banner of “National Renter Week of Action and Assemblies.” The purpose is to push back against the Trump Administration’s threat to cut billions from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and make the […]

Orange County Register: Activists push for more affordable housing, rent control in Santa Ana

By Jeff Collins | JeffCollins@scng.com | Orange County Register  September 18, 2017 at 7:51 pm A coalition of Santa Ana community groups has launched a “week of action” to highlight renter’s rights in Orange County’s second-largest city, with the goal of enacting protections like rent control and “just cause” evictions. Local activists also are pushing […]

OC Magazine: Housing Activists Kick Off “Renters Week of Action” in Santa Ana

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:32 a.m. By Gabriel San Roman Remember when SanTana topped the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government’s nationwide “urban hardship” list in 2004 as America’s toughest place to live in? After gentrification in downtown followed, Forbes recast the city as the 20th coolest place to live, work and play a […]

Philadelphia Magazine: Time for a Protest: Ben Carson Is Coming to Philly on Tuesday

The HUD secretary is being welcomed the Philly way. By Claire Sasko  |  September 19, 2017 at 9:33 am image: http://cdn.phillymag.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/09/ben-carson-940×540.jpg Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Flickr/Creative Commons You might get the chance to see Ben Carson in Philly on Tuesday. The Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary will attend the ribbon-cutting celebration of Sharswood’s Vaux Big […]