Evictions

A photo of the housing encampment at the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

Philly Housing Activists Are Fighting Evictions in the Streets

The eviction housing crisis is hitting home in Philadelphia, with the local Democrats protecting the landlords at the expense of renters and shutting down emergency measures for the unhoused. But Philly is home to a powerful housing movement that is fighting back.

Fighting the Megatowers: A Tale of Two Bridges

A group of neighbors in New York City is going up against the courts and big real estate interests to stop the construction of four luxury towers planned for the Lower East Side waterfront. Their efforts have successfully blocked construction. For now.

Tenants’ Unions Escalate Protests as NY Extends Eviction Moratorium

Tenants’ unions across Brooklyn banded together for three days to fight for the cancellation of rent and an eviction moratorium. In a small win, New York City has postponed legal eviction until September. The power of the people and direct action, yet again, has succeeded in pushing back against the landlord class. 

30 Million Tenants at Risk of Eviction as Federal Moratorium Ends

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the housing crisis, leading to four out of ten tenants experiencing housing insecurity. Mass layoffs and the Republicans’ proposed cuts to unemployment insurance will put millions who cannot afford to pay rent on the verge of homelessness.

Brooklyn Landlord Breaks Into Apartment to Illegally Evict Tenant

A tenant in Brooklyn, New York shares the story of how the property manager of her building drilled into her apartment door to change the locks and illegally evict her. In the middle of an economic crisis that has left millions of renters vulnerable to eviction and harassment from landlords, we must demand the complete cancellation of rent.

If Black Lives Matter, Then Stop The Evictions

In 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement developed in response to police violence and murder of Black people. While this movement is largely associated with fighting police brutality and exposing the systemic racism of the criminal legal system, Black Lives Matter is also a housing justice issue.

Stop The Evictions!

With the temporary moratorium on evictions expiring, many states have announced plans to resume evictions. This is a heartless move that criminalizes poverty and increases the risks for spreading the coronavirus even further.

Civil Society in the Age of Austerity: Lessons from Italy

A recent study shows that forceful evictions in Italy have increased 13.5% since 2013. While more than 650.000 applications for public housing remain unprocessed, activists and local unions advocate for a political rather than charitable solution.