Maine’s housing affordability crisis needs a public option, says lawmaker / by Dan Neumann

The Kennedy Park public housing development in Portland. | Courtesy of the Portland Housing Authority Originally Published in the Beacon on January 23, 2023 One major potential solution to the state’s runaway cost of housing never seems to get discussed by Maine lawmakers: Public housing. For decades, the idea of building new publicly-owned, permanently affordableContinue reading “Maine’s housing affordability crisis needs a public option, says lawmaker / by Dan Neumann”

Senate Republicans block proposed heating relief, housing assistance plan / by Evan Popp

Photo of chamber voting board for LD1 | Republicans block emergency winter energy relief plan Originally published in the Maine Beacon on December 8, 2022 Senate Republicans on Wednesday rejected Gov. Janet Mills’ plan to provide immediate aid to Mainers through direct checks, other relief for home heating and investments in housing assistance, dealing a blow to effortsContinue reading “Senate Republicans block proposed heating relief, housing assistance plan / by Evan Popp”

Hearing turnout shows wide support for Green New Deal housing legislation in D.C. / by Jamal Rich

Signs hang from the Meridian Heights apartment building in Northwest Washington on May 18, 2020. While the pandemic-caused economic crisis made the affordability problem in D.C. apparent, the issue of housing goes far beyond short-term COVID impacts. | Caroline Brehman / CQ Roll Call via AP WASHINGTON— If a new proposal is enacted, D.C. couldContinue reading “Hearing turnout shows wide support for Green New Deal housing legislation in D.C. / by Jamal Rich”

‘People are closer together than we’re told’: Progressive newcomer on campaigning in rural Maine / by Dan Neumann

House District 81 Democratic candidate Daniel Sipe. | From Sipe’s Facebook page Origninally published in the Beacon on November 24, 2022 Political newcomer Daniel Sipe came within 392 votes of unseating a conservative stalwart in a rural district in western Maine. He did it by talking to residents about their most immediate concerns: jobs, healthcare,Continue reading “‘People are closer together than we’re told’: Progressive newcomer on campaigning in rural Maine / by Dan Neumann”

Media narratives shield landlords from a crisis of their own making / by FAIR

The New York Times (9/27/22) asks readers to feel sorry for this man who owns 11 apartments. Originally Published in Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) on October 21, 2022 As landlords continue their relentless pursuit of profits, and politicians allow pandemic-era eviction moratoriums to expire, the human toll of a fundamentally brutal housing systemContinue reading “Media narratives shield landlords from a crisis of their own making / by FAIR”

Maine News: With Redbank purchase, housing advocates warn of rise of corporate landlords in Maine / by Dan Neumann

Photo: A two-unit residence at Redbank Village in South Portland from the complex’s website. Originally published in the Beacon on July 26, 2022 A few months after property management firm JRK Property Holdings of Los Angeles took over Redbank Village, a 500-unit apartment complex in South Portland where some tenants pay subsidized rent, they beganContinue reading “Maine News: With Redbank purchase, housing advocates warn of rise of corporate landlords in Maine / by Dan Neumann”

“In Defense of Housing” / by Zachary White

Madden and Marcuse’s essential book on the political economy of housing shows how in an alienated capitalist society, affordable/free housing becomes an “underperforming asset” and gentrification and becomes a “business plan.” From the enclosure of the commons in early modern England to the 20th century trend of deregulation, class war dominates the social relations whichContinue reading ““In Defense of Housing” / by Zachary White”

Maine Poor People’s Campaign mobilizes for national ‘Moral March on Washington’ in June / by Evan Popp

Photo: A day of action organized by the Maine Poor People’s Campaign in Bangor in 2021 | Photo courtesy of Maine Poor People’s Campaign via Facebook  Mainers from across the state will travel to Washington, D.C., next month as part of a march to demand that those in power stop ignoring the 140 million poor andContinue reading “Maine Poor People’s Campaign mobilizes for national ‘Moral March on Washington’ in June / by Evan Popp”

Detroit tenants organize to take on big landlords and property management companies / by Joseph Bierlein

Joseph Bierlein / People’s World DETROIT—Detroit today is a city mostly made up of renters. According to 2020 census data, 53% of residents are now rent-paying tenants. Sometime before 2015, Detroit transitioned from a majority homeowner city to a majority renter city. This transition can, in large part, be attributed to a large-scale corporate takeover of homes, apartment buildings, and publicContinue reading “Detroit tenants organize to take on big landlords and property management companies / by Joseph Bierlein”

Maine Poor People’s Campaign mobilizes for national ‘Moral March on Washington’ in June / by Evan Popp

Photo: A day of action organized by the Maine Poor People’s Campaign in Bangor in 2021 | Photo courtesy of Maine Poor People’s Campaign via Facebook  Mainers from across the state will travel to Washington, D.C., next month as part of a march to demand that those in power stop ignoring the 140 million poor andContinue reading “Maine Poor People’s Campaign mobilizes for national ‘Moral March on Washington’ in June / by Evan Popp”