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Cellphones Are a Lifeline for Unhoused People—But Barriers Abound

A lack of internet access and charging stations makes it challenging for unhoused folks to maintain a working cellphone, posing a threat to their safety and ability to follow up with service providers or connect with employers.

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Housing

We Need Rental Registries Now More Than Ever

Most communities lack a way of collecting real-time data on whether landlords are complying with rules. A rental registry could change that.

Housing

Where Voters Supported Affordable Housing

It’s no surprise that all eyes have been on the General Election’s presidential and congressional races. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated many of the preexisting conditions of inequality, poverty, and […]

COVID

5,000 Meals—Little Tokyo Orgs, Restaurants Team Up to Feed Low-Income Seniors

The Little Tokyo Eats program has so far purchased over $55,000 in food from 11 local restaurants for seniors living in low-income housing in a Los Angeles neighborhood. How did the program make it through a rough first week of food fulfillment?

Arts & Culture

A Creative Impetus for Cultural Pride

The Little Tokyo Service Center uses art to inspire activism, and increase awareness of the community’s cultural assets.

Eviction notice: door with envelope taped to it
Housing

As Affordable Housing Units Expire, Los Angeles Lags in Preservation Efforts

As thousands of affordable housing units expire, L.A. lags behind other cities in its preservation efforts. But one group of tenants may be victorious.

cover of "City of Segregation" by Andrea Gibbons
Housing

The Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles: A Review of City of Segregation

Andrea Gibbons’ City of Segregation shows why empowering capitalist processes and actors is the last thing we should do to fight gentrification.

house drawing
Housing

How L.A.’s Housing Crisis Makes Family Reunification Much Harder

The increased risk of family separation is a lesser-known consequence of the affordable housing crisis.

rent strike
Equity

Los Angeles Should Expropriate This Land and Give It to Tenants

Though slumlords are not directly to blame for our nation’s wealth disparities, they profit from them. Seizing their property and giving it to tenants would produce a more just and equitable outcome than what has been practiced in the past.

westlake mural
Communities

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Aug. 24

Philly’s Fight for Affordable Housing | HUD Targets Facebook In Complaint| An Eviction App | A “Massive” Multifamily Housing Fraud

housing sign
Community Development Field

Housing Advocates—Seize This Moment!

I’ve been working to address housing affordability since the late 1970s. There has never been this much media and public focus on the issue.

Kennetha Patterson of Homes for All in Nashville speaks on a megaphone during Renter’s Week of Action.
Housing

Tenant Power: Organizing for Rent Strikes and Landlord Negotiations

In the face of high rent increases and substandard housing, many tenants are realizing they are not alone in their landlord troubles and are joining together to push for building-level wins, and policy change.

nighttime bike riding.
Shelter Shorts

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—July 6

Carson’s HUD Is So Out of Touch | Seattle’s Luxury Housing Surplus | Expand Housing Subsidies, Reduce Childhood Poverty | Michigan Lets Its Students Down | More…