THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC has escalated the ongoing housing crisis in the United States, putting countless people at risk of losing their homes, while also creating an opportunity to push for radical housing proposals. We asked writers, organizers, and a politician to weigh in on how the coronavirus is likely to shape the American housing landscape, and how the left can respond to the immediate emergency while building a just housing future.
People prepare places to sleep in a Las Vegas parking lot, marked with squares for social distancing, after a local shelter was closed due to a positive coronavirus case, March 30th, 2020. Photo: John Locher/AP Photo
On Redistributing Vacant Housing
It’s never been more urgent to turn our cities’ vacant living spaces into housing for the homeless.
Jenny Akchin and Lynn Lewis
On Preventing Pandemic Displacement
We must improve the housing that helps illness spread—without displacing the people who live there.
On Avoiding the New Foreclosure Crisis
Avoiding another foreclosure crisis means pressuring lawmakers to put the brakes on speculative behavior.