An eviction crisis is coming: We need to treat housing as a right

An eviction crisis is coming: We need to treat housing as a right

[Ed. – Great. Let’s fill young impressionable minds with a lot of socialistic blather.]

As millions of people, particularly Black and Latinx Americans, are on the verge of eviction, it is time that we look at the idea of private housing and the role it plays in maintaining economic violence in those communities.

The pandemic didn’t create this housing crisis, but it did further expose the cruelty of payment-based housing. Wages that have remained stagnant while rent prices ballooned, especially over the last two decades, have meant millions of Americans have been living one disaster away from being unable to afford their rent. According to Apartment List, 36% of American renters did not make full on-time rent payments for July, and in places like Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where moratorium on evictions have already ended, roughly 1,200 Black and Latinx households have seen eviction filings.

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