My family has had a rough year. My little brother, my little sister, and I rely on our single dad as the only income, and since he works in construction, he hasn’t had good work in a while. He does everything he can for us, and I even stopped going to school so that I could stay home and help out how I can. I’m the mother figure; our mom wasn’t really in the picture, but we loved her. She passed away on November 28th, 2011 from liver cancer and complications.

We’ve been dealing with that, problems in school, paying bills, and making ends meet however we can. Unfortunately, now we have another problem. We live in a beautiful farmhouse that my dad built when he was younger, but it belongs to another family member. Since we haven’t been able to pay the taxes or rent for the last six months, he sent us an eviction notice.

I’m not going to make my younger siblings move out of their home, neighborhood, and school district. So, we either need to come up with $2,500 that we owe (and continue to pay the $450 a month) by the end of the week or we’ll have to leave. I’ve seen the tumblr community do some amazing things, and all I ask is whatever you can spare. Every dollar is greatly appreciated, and if you can’t give, you can still help me signal boost. If you are able to donate, no matter how much, you can do so RIGHT HERE through Paypal. Thank you so much for reading and helping in anyway you can!

Hiya, friends. I’m in an emergency state and desperately need help. My mom got arrested about a month ago for shoplifting and my aunt had paid for her bail. What we had thought was an act of kindness was short lived when my aunt demanded the money back three days before rent was due (the 5th of this month.) Today, the 7th, was the last late day. Since this was the first time my mom and I were unable to pay on time, we’ve been given until Monday to pay. If we are unable to do so, we will be evicted from our apartment. I’m a mentally ill nonbinary 18 year old who still heavily depends on my mom. I also have two cats. My mom and I are at the end of our rope and sincerely need all the help you can provide.


Thousands Protest Plans To Evict Squatters From Leftist Cultural Center

Over 8,000 protesters have clashed with riot police as they protested against the planned eviction of squatters from a popular social centre, and against the eviction of hundreds of people from their homes. The largely peaceful protest erupted following a baton charge, and use of teargas, and water cannons by the police. The protesters responded by building barricades, throwing stones, fireworks, and bottles. It is reported that over 500 people has been injured, and around 150 arrests made.

The Rote Flora is an old theatre building which has been used as a social centre since 1989, when it was first squatted/occupied. Since then, its reputation as the central point for leftist rallying has been further cemented. The initial sale of the building to developers took place in 2001, and has sparked widespread outrage and protest.

But the public anger itself had also to do with the wider issue of migrant and refugee rights, including those of the squatters at a run-down apartment block in Hamburg’s Reeperbahn area, which contains the so-called Esso Houses. The buildings, also often home to Germany’s Lampedusa refugees, were evicted last weekend because of their poor condition. The ‘Esso houses’ were home to around 300 people.

Running battles were fought throughout the night across Hamburg. Several shop fronts were smashed and many cars set on fire. The police claim that 82 officers required treatment for injuries.

A Rote Flora squatter commented on the immense violence by police:

There was a mood of aggression from the outset,” adding that “we came under serious attack. It has become more violent than anything we have experienced in a long time. Through the overwhelming use of batons, pepper spray and water cannon, there were numerous injuries,

Prior to the start of the demonstration the police had declared the city as a ‘Danger Zone’ which enables them utilize extended rights to stop and search, and to use preventative detention orders.

Hamburg has been the scene of other large scale disturbances in the recent past. Police clashed with marchers on May Day, earlier this year, and 700 anti-fascists fought with police and boneheads, late last year.

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A MacArthur Foundation study shows that black women in low-income neighborhoods are more likely to be evicted from their homes.

The study explains that there are a number of factors at play, including lower wages, living paycheck to paycheck and primary child-rearing responsibilities. Beyond the added cost of larger rental units, children can cause landlords to face state scrutiny for issues such as lead poisoning or be reported by child protective services if the home poses a health-code violation. Also, women often underreport unsafe or unsanitary living conditions in deteriorated housing, especially when shared with an abusive partner who may not be on the lease.

One factor that is significant and rarely discussed is gender power dynamics between mostly male landlords and female tenants. The fieldwork illustrates how women typically adopt a nonconfrontational and less proactive approach with their landlords when struggling to pay their rent—a tactic that often backfires.

According to the study, “Poor black men are locked up while poor black women are locked out.”

Eviction & intersectionality: Why black women need housing justice
September 14, 2014

My heart sank once I realized it was an eviction notice. After coming home from an underwhelming day at work, I looked forward to zoning out on TV realities that were infinitely more exciting than my own reality. I never imagined I would be greeted by a real-life soap opera in the form of an official-looking notice posted on my door. That day, I became the recipient of a one-way ticket on the eviction train, party of one. Needless to say, the notice put a wrench in my ambitious plans for the evening. Where did I turn first? Google. I didn’t know the first thing about eviction. At that point in my life, I thought simply mentioning evictions was a little taboo — I believed eviction only happened to people way more downtrodden than myself. Growing up, whether it was true or not, I always considered my family middle class. Surely, an eviction could never happen to a girl like me (I had yet to recognize that my current job hardly qualified me for a place in the middle class and that my salary bordered those of the working poor). Upon Googling the foreign concept of tenants being forced out of their homes, I found nothing to ease the anxiety gradually building in the pit of my stomach. The legalese, convoluted language and complete lack of tenant resources I encountered on the Internet provided little information and no peace of mind. I felt lost, dazed and confused. Surely the nice ladies in the office of my apartment complex were willing to negotiate with me to ensure a roof over a fellow woman’s head. Rude awakening: Any sisterhood I ever had with my apartment’s white female property managers was null and void now that I was headed to Eviction Land. Solidarity be damned! After pleading with them for a merciful payment plan, they told me my best option was to pay off my balance and move immediately. Of course, I did not have enough money to pay them what I owed — I was paying far more than 30 percent of my income, which explains why I fell behind on my rent. No safety net in sight, I needed to stay in my apartment as long as possible (which was not very long according to the Google gods). I never saw the sheriff — I vacated my apartment just in the nick of time. With my tail tucked between my legs and feeling irresponsible as ever, I moved back to Georgia (my home state) to crash on a family member’s day bed. I wish I knew then that my shame was unwarranted and that my story of eviction was not an extraordinary one. A recent study conducted by the MacArthur Foundation revealed that poor Black women are disproportionately impacted by evictions. The study found that while Black women were only 9.6 percent of Milwaukee’s population, they experienced 30 percent of the city’s court-ordered evictions. This distressing statistic was attributed to a number of factors including low wages, intimidation by male landlords and triggering the aggravation of landlords because of child and partner-related incidents. Apparently, several landlords find eviction justifiable when a Black woman merely makes a complaint about mold affecting her children’s health or when she lives with an abusive partner who causes domestic disturbances. My “Blackness” and my “womanliness” are both things that I love about myself and other Black women; however, neither polls well in today’s discriminatory housing market. Black women face higher eviction rates than any other group because of our marginalized identities. While the term “intersectionality” has been appropriated to reference a plethora of social phenomena, it was originally coined by Black feminist scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw to describe how the multiple oppressed identities of Black women collectively contribute to how people perceive us in society. If you asked me to hypothesize why women of color bare the brunt of evictions in this country, I would point you down the path of intersectionality. In the tradition of countless resilient Black women that came before me, I made lemonade out of lemons by carving a career path out of a hardship — stopping evictions became my line of work. After moving back to Georgia, I tapped into a vibrant community of activism, which eventually led to a job as an organizer for a housing justice organization called Occupy Our Homes Atlanta. Our mission was to repair the devastation caused by the housing crisis in Atlanta by fightingforeclosure and eviction through direct action and public pressure.  Unsurprisingly, the majority of our residents-in-struggle were Black, and many of them were Black women. These women inspired me to no end — they were smart, radical and ready to salvage their slice of the American Dream by fighting like hell to save their homes. I will never forget one of my favorite resident-activists, Mildred Obi. A daughter of the Civil Rights Movement, she occupied her home after being evicted and eventually won it free and clear from Bank of America. Mildred harnessed her power in the name of housing justice and continues to help others in danger of losing their homes. She is a prime example of why Black women need housing justice: Because when we fight, we can win. As Black women, even the seemingly simple act of survival is a fight, so fighting for our human right to housing is inherent in us. I carry Mildred’s spirit with me in my new position as a community organizer with the Tenants Union of Washington in Seattle, which was recently named the number one city for apartment rent increases in the country. Any push for rent stabilization in Seattle will be a hard-won fight due to a statewide ban on rent control. Displacement and gentrification both run rampant in the city as for-profit developers snatch up affordable housing and drive up rents in historical communities of color. While our city’s Just Cause Eviction Ordinance prevents landlords from terminating tenancies at will, still approximately 10 households are evicted every day. I brace myself for all of these challenges knowing that other Black women are in this fight with me ready to create space for other Black women in the housing justice movement. I fervently believe that my role in this movement is to amplify and elevate the voices of Black women because more than any other population, we need housing justice and we need it now. Source

hey guys, this is my friend alex and his mom. they just got an eviction notice and they cant pay their rent thats 3 months behind. his mom relies on child support and disability money from the government but it cant cover everything important. alex is a type one diabetic and he cant afford to get more insulin. they also have two dogs that are really important to them that they cant get rid of. alex is also transgender. at the end of january they will be kicked out of the house unless theyre able to pay. any sort of donations would help!!! their paypal is ibleedstlred. if you cant donate, please just reblog this/repost this. these two mean so much to me and it would be heartbreaking for them to be out on the streets.

Anti-Eviction Protestors Block Google Bus in San Francisco | ColorLines

Tensions are flaring over San Francisco’s tech-driven gentrification. This morning, protestors calling for an end to the increasing number of evictions blocked a Google bus from leaving the city and shuttling its workers to the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. One Google worker inside the bus named Alejandor Villarreal, captured the scene and shared it on Instagram (pictured above). 

The privately-owned Google buses (and their counterparts at companies like Facebook and Apple) have long been symbols of the city’s gentrification (a hidden map of their routes was published last January). Earlier this year, San Francisco native Rebecca Solnit published a piece in the London Review of Books on the impact of the buses. Solnit wrote:

The Google Bus means so many things. It means that the minions of the non-petroleum company most bent on world domination can live in San Francisco but work in Silicon Valley without going through a hair-raising commute by car - I overheard someone note recently that the buses shortened her daily commute to 3.5 hours from 4.5. It means that unlike gigantic employers in other times and places, the corporations of Silicon Valley aren’t much interested in improving public transport, and in fact the many corporations providing private transport are undermining the financial basis for the commuter train. It means that San Francisco, capital of the west from the Gold Rush to some point in the 20th century when Los Angeles overshadowed it, is now a bedroom community for the tech capital of the world at the other end of the peninsula.

Read Solnit’s essay in full over at the London Review of Books. As well-paid tech workers have moved into the city, many working class residents have been forced out as both rents and evictions have increased in recent years, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

The protest was organized in part by a group called Heart of the City, which wrote on its website that “the city needs to declare a state of emergency, stop all no-fault evictions, and prevent tech companies from running  buses in residential neighborhoods, which is driving up rents (up to 20% along their route)..”

Gentrification report proposes bold solutions to stop displacement in Oakland
April 20, 2014

Last week Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) released a report titled Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area. The 112-page document, prepared in collaboration with the Alameda County Public Health Department, goes beyond describing the public health implications of gentrification to proposing steps that cities like Oakland can take to stop displacement of historic residents.

Six key principles create a framework for the report’s policy recommendations:

  1. Baseline protections for vulnerable residents
  2. Production and preservation of affordable housing
  3. Stabilization of existing communities
  4. Non-market based approaches to housing and community development
  5. Displacement prevention as a regional priority
  6. Planning as a participatory process

“Because gentrification is an issue that crosses various different kinds of aspects, you actually do need a variety of policy strategies,” said Maria Zamudio, San Francisco Housing Rights Organizer with CJJC.  “There is no silver bullet to take on the housing crisis.”

The report classifies neighborhoods by their place on a spectrum of gentrification. “Gentrification in different neighborhoods is in different stages, so the need for policy interventions is different,” she said.

The report lays out proposed policies, including just cause eviction ordinances, proactive code enforcement to make sure current affordable housing stock is maintained, inclusive zoning that mandates affordable housing be part of development projects, and community trainings to encourage resident participation in planning processes. A proposed community health impact analysis of new projects would be designed to help cities like Oakland welcome much-needed development while mitigating displacement.

The report advocates against the market-driven planning process that is the norm in cities throughout the Bay Area. Instead, it suggests, cities should invest in affordable housing through Community Land Trusts and Limited Equity Housing Co-Ops and levy taxes aimed at making real estate speculation less attractive to investors.“Right of first refusal” and “reparation and return” policies would allow residents displaced by habitability issues or urban renewal the opportunity to return to their former homes. A “No Net Loss” policy would “require all affordable units lost through renovation, conversion, or demolition be replaced within the same neighborhood if possible and within the same city at a minimum.” Public data on civic investment and demographic changes by neighborhood would highlight areas of  neglect and displacement where resources are most needed.

“Policy fights need to be organizing opportunities,” said Zamudio, highlighting another recommendation:  to bring affected communities into the process of preventing their own displacement. “Our policies are never going to be visionary enough to take on the problem,” she said, without input from “the most impacted residents of neighborhoods” experiencing gentrification.

Some of the proposals in the report are already being implemented in other cities. San Francisco is listed as a model for a number of the proposals. Yet displacement is, if anything, a bigger problem in that city than in Oakland. “We’re seeing a compounding of impacts,” said Zamudio. “Planning by the city has been in line with changes that the speculative market wants.” She noted that demographic shifts, as working class residents are pushed out, compound the problem by raising the median income and, with it, the threshold for affordable housing. “The income of the city is unbalanced,” she said, which leads to increasing challenges in finding housing affordable to working class residents.

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W.A.S.T.E (Flash Fiction)

story by ShaunWrites / art by Judyta

The saw-toothed W.A.S.T.E. shoveler was scheduled to eat the entire house. For the W.A.S.T.E operator, this was just another routine eviction. But this was war for Starla and Xander, the owners of the dome half-dangling from the shovler’s jaws.

Starla let go of Xander’s gloved hand and bounded over moon rocks in her pressure suit to make her stand between the shovler’s jaws and what was left of their dome.

“If you wanna take everything, just take everything!” she screamed over every communication channel, even the S.O.S. frequency.

Starla didn’t care that lunar taxes made homes like hers that weren’t up to code cheaper to destroy than remodel. Corporate bullshit nonsense. They’d rather destroy their home than let them stay in it until they could fix it up? Bullshit bank. She’d rather die in her house than live in a shelter. Bullshit government.

The operator idled the machine and shrugged.

“Fuck you. You’re gonna have to kill me, you motherfucker,” she screamed over the radio channel.

The operator shrugged again. He tapped the right side of his helmet three times with his pointer finger and pinky: the universal signal that his suit’s radio was malfunctioning. He couldn’t hear a thing she was saying. He politely raised his right elbow and palmed it three times: the universal signal to ask Starla to use lunar sign language.

“Listen to me. Just fucking listen to me!” Starla screamed back over all channels, ignoring him, her hands flailing wildly.

The operator drew a circle around his heart with his left palm and shook his right palm in from of his helmet: I’m sorry. I can’t hear you. He showed her again that his radio wasn’t working, and then he covered his helmet with his right palm and pointed at her with his left hand: Who are you? He made a circle over his heart: I’m sorry.

By now, Xander caught up with Starla. He placed his hand on her back. She stopped hyperventilating and her comm-channel went silent. He pulled her gloved hand into his and led her away from the jaws of the shoveler.

As he led her away, the City’s emergency response unit responded to Starla over the S.O.S frequency: “State the nature of the emergency or the emergency code.”

Starla responded: “No assistance needed. Code 0000.”

“I want to confirm. Code 0000. False alarm. No danger to person or property. No immediate or future threat. No assistance required. Over…”

Starla looked over at her dome, its metal guts already exposed like a bomb had gone off inside. Her eyes fixated on the concrete slab that used to hold their bed that was now already half-bulldozed. A bunch of gray rubble crumbling off and mixing with the gray lunar surface.

Emergency services tried again: “Repeat. Confirmation request number two. Code 0000. False alarm. No danger to person or property. No immediate or future threat. No assistance required. Over…”

"Confirmed. False alarm."

The W.A.S.T.E man looked confused: like he didn’t know who these people were and what everybody was standing around waiting for. He clapped his hands above his head: All clear? Starla didn’t look up.

He waved over again to get their attention and clapped: All clear?

At some point he got frustrated that no-one was responding, so he restarted the engine. The jaws grinded what was left of the dome into dust. 

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So I got kicked out because

  1. I dared cry for help with regards to my parents viciously psychologically abusing me.
  2. I refused, absolutely, period, to give my parents absolute access to my medical records and personnel.
  3. I have a girlfriend.

I should add, I’m 37 and legally disabled.  I get a grand total of $782.00 a month.  They said they are going to sell the car they gave me (yet failed to put in my name) to replace mine, which they traded in towards two brand-new ones earlier this year.

My deadline to have me, my cats, and my things out is during the week between my birthday, and the sixth anniversary of the day my ex (from whom I am still seeking a divorce) suddenly threw me out of the house.

This followed a chain of events which includes both of them shouting at me to run an errand, complete with threats to have me committed (a favorite since I was 12), even though I was already on the floor in the middle of the hall, sobbing and begging them to let me go to my room.  This particular incident took place less than three hours after my primary physician ordered me to not only rest and do nothing, but take a vacation, something my parents denied because they hadn’t spoken with my doctor.

Does anyone happen to know what legal action I may or may not be able to take in Oklahoma?