Category: HOUSING

Report: Increasing Minimum Wage Saves Lives

Fred McKissack Jr.

November 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Tuesday’s “Day of Disruption” walkout by thousands of low-income workers underscores that the Fight for $15 movement is undeterred by the change of administration. Earlier this month, voters approved minimum-wage raises for Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington. What began as a long shot to even liberal labor leaders, the resurgent low-income fight is now bolstered […]

Saying Your House is Messy Because You Play With Your Kids is a Privilege

Stephanie Land

May 10, 2016 at 10:10 am

Originally published in the Washington Post. I grew up in what some would call an immaculately clean home. I hated my mom a little for it. I wasn’t allowed to paint my nails, since they’d chip and “look trashy.” My brother and I didn’t run around in clothes that had holes or were stained. In […]

Out of Homelessness, A Mom Turns Advocate

Fred McKissack Jr.

April 27, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Originally published on Rooflines, a Shelterforce blog. Jenean F. and her husband worked hard to achieve the increasingly elusive American Dream. She was a stay at home mom and he worked as a salesman in the auto industry, affording them a measure of middle class stability in the heart of the Midwest. They rented their […]

I Lived On $6 A Day With A 6-year-old And A Baby On The Way. It Was Extreme Poverty.

Stephanie Land

October 1, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Originally published on The Guardian.  It didn’t take me long to go from financial stability to fearing homelessness. In January 2014 I was 35-years-old, raising a six-year-old nearly full-time and six months pregnant without a partner. I was in my final semester of college and convinced I would have enough savings to get me through […]

My heart aches to see the struggle on Skid Row

Michael Anderson

July 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm

This post was originally published on MomsRising.org. The Housing Trust Fund Project team spent much of the last week of June in Los Angeles and stayed at a hotel directly adjacent to Skid Row. Each team member was profoundly impacted by the experience. If you have not been to Skid Row, it is hard to […]

Not same-sex marriage, not the Affordable Care Act, that OTHER Supreme Court ruling!

Olivia Chow

June 26, 2015 at 3:21 pm

This has been a big week for the United States Supreme Court. Major decisions given over the past two days: to keep in place the Affordable Care Act’s current tax subsidies, effectively maintaining affordable access to health care for millions and that “same-sex marriage” will now just be called marriage across all 50 states. A big victory […]

Addressing San Francisco’s Housing Crisis Starts With Investing in Jobs

Mark Ortiz

April 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm

This piece originally appeared in The Huffington Post.  The first thing that struck me when I moved to the Bay Area three years ago was the extraordinary cost of rent. During my first year, I paid outrageous amounts to live with six other guys in a house meant for three. Over the past three years, as […]

Engaging Direct Service Providers in Organizing: A Reflection

Katy Heins

August 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

As a member of the New Organizing Practices’ direct service and organizing committee, I have been reflecting on whether service providers have a stronger relationship with the folks who use their services and can that relationship help us to build lasting power.  The challenge is that while most providers are mission-driven non-profits, many times they […]

Engaging Direct Service Providers in Organizing: A Reflection

Katy Heins

at 3:02 pm

As a member of the New Organizing Practices’ direct service and organizing committee, I have been reflecting on whether service providers have a stronger relationship with the folks who use their services and can that relationship help us to build lasting power.  The challenge is that while most providers are mission-driven non-profits, many times they […]

Engaging Direct Service Providers in Organizing: A Reflection

Katy Heins

at 3:02 pm

As a member of the New Organizing Practices’ direct service and organizing committee, I have been reflecting on whether service providers have a stronger relationship with the folks who use their services and can that relationship help us to build lasting power.  The challenge is that while most providers are mission-driven non-profits, many times they […]

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