Social Class: Homelessness & Housing

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The system isn't broken. It was built this way.    [click on this image to find a short clip and analysis of low wage working conditions under capitalism]
rooftop slums of Hong Kong. the poor trying to survive in a rich mans world

Social Class: Slum Housing & Coffin Homes

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(3of5)Criminalising Homelessness [Click on this image to find a visual ethnography exploring a day in the life of a homeless couple] NW NC--83% of homeless ppl are w/out a shelter bed; LA, CA--78% of homeless ppl are w/out a shelter bed. Since 2011, there has been an increase in US laws criminalising homelessness. 53% of cities have a ban on lying down & sitting in particular publc places. 43% of cities have a city-wide ban on sleeping in cars. 9% of cities have a city-wide ban on sharing food.
(5 of 5) Criminalising Homelessness  Sources:  National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, "Racial discrimination in housing and homelessness in the United States", July 3, 2014.  National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, "No safe place: The criminalization of homeless in US cities", 2014.  The National Center on Family Homelessness, 2010.  United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, "Opening doors: Federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness", 2010.
(4 of 5) Criminalising Homelessness  Follow this link to find a visual ethnography exploring a day in the life of a homeless and heroin-addicted married couple: http://www.thesociologicalcinema.com/videos/matrimony  Average Cost to Serve the Homeless in the U.S.: $87/day to jail vs. $28/day shelter  "I'm...baffled by the idea that people can be without shelter...and then be treated as criminals for being without shelter."  ~ Nigel Rodley, United Nations Human Rights Committee chairperson

Social Class: Criminalizing Homelessness

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What Triggers Homelessness?  Loss of Job is the biggest trigger of homelessness.  Source: The 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress (https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/AHAR-2013-Part1.pdf)
Did you know? 44% of homeless people are employed. Shouldn't work be an escape from poverty?  [follow this link to find a bundle of clips related to the sociological study of social class and poverty: http://www.thesociologicalcinema.com/1/category/class/1.html]  Source: www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/employment.html
The number of homeless students has doubled since the '06-'07 school year.  According to the Department of Education, the number of such children during the 2013-2014 school year reached 1,360,747. According to the same statistics, the figure was 679,724 for the 2006-2007 school year. Leading the way was California, whose 310,002 homeless public school students accounted for roughly 23% of the nation's total.  Source: U.S. Department of Education

Social Class: Homelessness & Work

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They're driving the prices up because they're buying all of it. Now they're reselling it for higher and higher prices and making huge profits. Some of them are charging ridiculous prices just to let other people use it. So now there are people who can't afford it even if some is available, because it costs so much. People are getting sick and dying because they don't have any! Oh wait. Did I say hand sanitizer? Housing. I meant housing. Damn autocorrect.
"This is exempt property from seizure. This is a widow's homestead" - Farmers take down the sheriff who is trying to evict a widow from her farm after the insurance company failed to do so. Near Lapeer, Michigan, June 3, 1952. Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this picture?
Hate knowing that not only could every renter buy a house, every renter actually IS buying a house - we are servicing a home loan, covering rates, and paying for repairs. We just don't get to KEEP the house - someone else does because they had capital and we didn't. ~ @cannibality

Social Class: Housing Affordability & Eviction

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"Robots are being used to deter homeless people from setting up camp in San Francisco"

Social Class: Hostile Architecture & Deterrence

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There are 4.1 million homeless people & 11 million empty houses in Europe.  Sources: Empty Houses Campaign (UK); 2011 Census (Spain); INSEE Government Research Bureau, 2012 (France); 2011 Census (Germany); Italian Statistic Institute estimated 2.7m in 2011 (Italy); 2011 Census (Portugal); Irish National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), 2012 (Ireland); Hellenic Property Federation (Pomida), estimate 2012 (Greece)
(2 of 4) The Stats on the Homeless

Social Class: Homeless Population

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Landlords don't really provide housing, they actually make housing inaccessible by buying up more homes than they need. This practice drives up local property taxes and housing prices, all while making tenants pay for the mortgages of their landlords. In this manner, landlords only deepen generational income inequality.
Gentrification is seeing the little life you scraped together in your underserved, neglected community get dismantled, and you forced out.  ~ yeloson
Los Angeles police officers forcibly removed Chavez Ravine residents who had been resisting the city's orders to leave their homes. The city had plans to build a stadium for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Palo Verde, La Loma and Bishop — three low-income neighborhoods that once made up the mostly Mexican-American community of Chavez Ravine...  Photo credit: Miller / Los Angeles Examiner via USC Libraries

Social Class: Gentrification

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a green pole with some graffiti on it's side next to a street corner
People are out there hoarding hand sanitizer...
They're driving the prices up because they're buying all of it. Now they're reselling it for higher and higher prices and making huge profits. Some of them are charging ridiculous prices just to let other people use it. So now there are people who can't afford it even if some is available, because it costs so much. People are getting sick and dying because they don't have any! Oh wait. Did I say hand sanitizer? Housing. I meant housing. Damn autocorrect.
an old black and white photo of men digging in the dirt with a sign that says, this is exempt property from sezure
"This is exempt property from seizure. This is a widow's homestead," June 3, 1952
"This is exempt property from seizure. This is a widow's homestead" - Farmers take down the sheriff who is trying to evict a widow from her farm after the insurance company failed to do so. Near Lapeer, Michigan, June 3, 1952. Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this picture?
the tweet is being posted to someone about their house and it looks like they are
Hate knowing that not only could every renter buy a house, every renter actually IS buying a house - we are servicing a home loan, covering rates, and paying for repairs. We just don't get to KEEP the house - someone else does because they had capital and we didn't. ~ @cannibality
two tweets with the same caption for each other, one has a police badge on it
Defunding the police isn't radical, it's real
BREAKING: Austin City Council approves the purchase of a hotel to permanently house people experiencing chronic homelessness USING DOLLARS CUT FROM THE POLICE BUDGET ~ @matthewferner Defunding the police isn't radical, it's real. ~ @CoriBush
The NYC MTA sparked backlash for accidentally being honest about why it removed benches
Housing Is a Human Right
Housing Is a Human Right The People's Manual the People's Manual is a collective narrative created by organizers around the country sharing ideas for resisting the capitalist agenda that continues to dehumanize our communities and strategy for igniting a social justice campaigns and movements in our own.
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Mother living with her children in an overcrowded single end tenement flat, Glasgow 1971
Photo credit: Nick Hedges
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Home Prices during Donald Trump's Presidency
The housing market is one of the few parts of the economy that hasn’t dramatically declined during the pandemic. That’s in part because record-low interest rates and the work-from-home trend have led city dwellers to buy homes in suburban and rural areas, boosting home prices in many regions. It’s also because extensive measures, including a moratorium on evictions and forbearance programs for mortgages, have helped struggling families weather the crisis so far. Those unpaid bills could eventu
a cartoon dog sitting at a table with a sign in front of it that says landladds don't really provide housing, they actually make housing
Landlords don't really provide housing, they actually make housing inaccessible by buying up more homes than they need. This practice drives up local property taxes and housing prices, all while making tenants pay for the mortgages of their landlords. In this manner, landlords only deepen generational income inequality.
Lower-income Republicans are more likely than those with higher incomes to say the federal government has a responsibility to provide adequate housing  Most Democrats, but especially lower-income Democrats, say the federal government has a responsibility to provide adequate housing  Source: Pew Research Center Federal, Higher Income, Pew Research Center, Income, Poverty, No Response
Lower-income people are more likely to say the government should provide adequate housing
Lower-income Republicans are more likely than those with higher incomes to say the federal government has a responsibility to provide adequate housing Most Democrats, but especially lower-income Democrats, say the federal government has a responsibility to provide adequate housing Source: Pew Research Center
a line graph shows the number of republicans, but only about half of republicans, say the government has a responsity to provide medical care for all americans
Nearly all Democrats, but only about half of Republicans, say the government has a responsibility to provide adequate medical care for all Americans Source: Pew Research Center
a tweet with the caption gentrification is seeing the little life you scraped together in your underserved, neglected community get dismated, and you forced out
Gentrification is seeing the little life you scraped together in your underserved, neglected community get dismantled, and you forced out. ~ yeloson
a line graph shows the number of people in poverty
Lower-income adults are more likely to see a role for the government in providing adequate housing
Lower-income adults are more likely than those with middle and upper incomes to see a role for the federal government in providing adequate housing, 2019 Source: Pew Research Center
there are 4 1 million homeless people in the world every hour, and one million empty houses in europe
There are 4.1 million homeless people & 11 million empty houses in Europe. Sources: Empty Houses Campaign (UK); 2011 Census (Spain); INSEE Government Research Bureau, 2012 (France); 2011 Census (Germany); Italian Statistic Institute estimated 2.7m in 2011 (Italy); 2011 Census (Portugal); Irish National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), 2012 (Ireland); Hellenic Property Federation (Pomida), estimate 2012 (Greece)