- The foreclosure crisis in Oakland (a big problem) is causing lots of issues for renters. Owners get foreclosed. Bank takes over. Renters are doing their job, making their payments, but Banks want them out, so try to evict. Not very lawful, so that doesn’t really work. So, then Banks cut off utilities and force unlivable conditions on renters, basically forcing them out. Just Cause worked with EBMUD to implement a moratorium on this stuff that lasted for 6-9 months. Good work!
What do you think about Bailout for Banks when they kick-out renters who are playing by the rules?
- Communities can spend years and years building plans for their neighborhoods to keep them safe and help them thrive. Only to be undone by a developer with pull and money to burn. There are alternatives to big development plans focused on bringing in new folks (which then typically kicks out the ones who have been there), but they don’t see the light of the day b/c of profit-driver investors.
What do you think about communities who are smarter at everything – but lose b/c they don’t have the $$?
- There is a big push to increase federal funding for public housing in Oakland and community organizing is a key strategy to achieve this end. The Administration change has brought new legitimacy to this strategy so that feels very exciting.
Now, a big question what, if any, role does home ownership and asset-building have for helping poor and working-class people create safe, vibrant, healthy communities?
And, if this is the wrong question, what is a better one?