Republicans Look To Kill Legal Aid
by Jessica P.
August 10th, 2011
A former legal aid attorney says legal aid organizations are in trouble - at a time when disadvantaged and marginalized people need them most.
Saving public redevelopment
by Alvaro Huerta
, The Berkeley Blog
March 9th, 2011
A Berkeley scholar who grew up in the East Los Angeles Ramona Housing Gardens project argues for saving California's redevelopment agencies and affordable housing.
Housing: New day, new plan
by Lompoc Record
, Lompoc Record
January 18th, 2011
Santa Barbara County needs more affordable housing, but homeowners don't want it in their neighborhood, so the Lompoc Record suggests approaching the issue from a different angle.
Proposition 8, Judge Walker and our short memories
by Pat Morrison
, LA Times
August 5th, 2010
In his ruling, Judge Walker cited the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The same clause was also cited fifty years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Proposition 14, a measure passed by California voters to overturn the Rumford Fair Housing Act which banned discrimination against 'colored' property renters or buyers.
Letter to the Editor
The Daily News
July 20th, 2010
A letter to the editor in response to Tenants Together director Dean Preston's Op-Ed on the impact of a massive Cargill development on nearby mobilehome residents in Redwood City.
Privatization of Public Housing Shelved - for Now
by George Lakoff
June 3rd, 2010
"The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) attempt to privatize all of America's public housing has been put on hold - for now. You played an important role. Thousands of you signed the petition and spread the word, so that those at the House Financial Services Committee hearing on May 25 understood what the stakes were."
Parkmerced in Default: What Now for Owners’ Plan to Bulldoze Over 1,500 Rent-Controlled Homes?
by Dean Preston
, Beyond Chron
June 1st, 2010
The owners of San Francisco’s Parkmerced cannot pay their mortgage, yet they want permission from the city to demolish more than 1,500 rent controlled homes. While most of the public discussion about the proposed development project has been about environmental, transit and preservation issues, the planned demolition of so many rent-controlled housing units is reason alone to stop this project.
Report: Public Housing Works, When You Invest In It
by Jamilah King
May 22nd, 2010
Earlier this week housing rights advocates from eight different cities met with Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) in Washington, D.C. to voice their opposition to a bill that they say would privatize the nation’s public housing and push what they see as alternatives.
The New American Dream: Renting
by Thomas Sugrue
, Wall Street Journal
August 14th, 2009
Professor of history and sociology, Thomas Sugrue argues that it's time to accept that home ownership is not a realistic goal for many people and to curtail the enormous government programs fueling this ambition.
Saving homes with a 'right to rent'
by Dean Baker
, Los Angeles Times
August 12th, 2009
In this OpEd piece, Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research argues that giving homeowners the right to stay in their homes as renters after foreclosure would help stem problems related with the current foreclosure crisis.
Every Tenant Has One
by Dave Crow
, Evict This
August 12th, 2009
Blogger and tenant attorney Dave Crow continues his discussion about implied warranty of habitability and what tenants can do to get landlords to make needed repairs.
A Deregulation That Could Reduce Foreclosures
by Mark A. Calabria
, Cato @ Liberty
August 4th, 2009
Mark A. Calabria of the Libertarian think tank, the Cato Institute, argues that banks should be allowed to enter into long term leases with tenants to "reduce both the unnecessary eviction of renters and foreclosures on rental properties."
Will your rental home be foreclosed?
by Peggy Gardiner
, Modesto Bee
July 26th, 2009
While everyone is talking about the foreclosure crisis and how it affects homeowners, no one seems to be addressing the crisis facing renters. This piece recommends that prospective renters go to the county recorder's office to learn about the status of the mortgage.
Protection for Renters
, New York Times
March 17th, 2009
This New York Times editorial supports legislation introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) that would help tenants in foreclosure situations.
Home Not-So-Sweet Home
by Paul Krugman
, New York Times
June 23rd, 2008
Paul Krugman examines America's emphasis on homeownership and concludes that renters can and should share in the "American dream."
More Broken Promises?
by Peter Schrag
, Sacramento Bee
May 14th, 2008
In this Sacramento Bee editorial, Peter Schrag discusses the Howard Jarvis Tax Association in light of Proposition 98.