Housing rights

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Global Solidarity

Solidarity Cities: Learning from Housing Movements in Barcelona and NYC

In New York City and Barcelona, collective calls for rent cancellation and expanded social housing have now turned into a movement against evictions, as many tenants continue to reel from the economic impact of the pandemic. The Plataforma de Afectadas por la Hipoteca (PAH) (the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages) in particular has instigated […]

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Global Solidarity

Handbook‒La Pah: Lessons for Collective Action from the Fight for the Right to Housing

The activism of Madrid’s “PAH” (Platform for People Affected by Mortgages) has helped shift perceptions to see housing as an inalienable human right and demonstrated the power of collective action in the pursuit of greater social justice. It’s a model for transforming personal struggles into large, organized movements that challenge authority and wider society. This manual describes the essence of PAH and pays tribute to the platform’s history and efforts to obtain decent housing for all, targeting an international audience that views its achievements as a ray of hope. Taking a step-by-step approach fed by testimonials from PAH activists around Spain, the handbook lays out organizing methods to building a vibrant, horizontal housing movement able to transform the lives of its members. The aim is not just to prevent evictions but also to encourage collective reflection on the role of housing as a public good.

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Transatlantic Left Voices

Video: The Berlin Referendum and the Fight for Housing Rights

On September 27, 59.1% of Berlin’s voters voted to expropriate approximately 240,000 apartments owned by the biggest real estate companies in Berlin. The basis of this decision is article 15 of the German Constitution, which states that “land, natural resources and means of production may, for the purpose of nationalization,” be transferred to public ownership […]

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Global Solidarity

Some NYC Homeless Practice Social Distancing in Hotels, with Help from Donors

The city Department of Homeless Services is in the process of making as many as 2,500 hotel rooms available as isolation spaces for sick or elderly residents of the city homeless shelters. Yet most of the shelter system’s 17,000 single adults, and all of 3,500 known residents of the city’s streets and subways have no space to isolate themselves.

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