Category Archives: Homeless

News Coverage: “L.A.’s homelessness surged 75% in six years. Here’s why the crisis has been decades in the making”

News Coverage: Gale Holland, L.A.’s homelessness surged 75% in six years. Here’s why the crisis has been decades in the making, L.A. Times, Feb. 1, 2018.

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New Article: “North Dakota Case Study: The Eviction Mill’s Fast Track to Homelessness”

New Article: Breezy A. Schmidt, North Dakota Case Study: The Eviction Mill’s Fast Track to Homelessness, 92 N.D. L. Rev. 595 (2017). Abstract below:

Eviction has become a serious issue in the United States that must be addressed. North Dakota is no exception. The high rate of evictions is rooted in the application of archaic laws to modern landlord-tenant relationships. Part I of this Article will introduce the social and economic factors that contribute to injustices in the application of landlord-tenant laws. Parts II and III of this Article will review the origins and evolution of eviction laws in England, the United States and North Dakota. Part IV will fully discuss sociological and economic issues in modern landlord-tenant relationships generally and in North Dakota. Part V of this Article will analyze evictions in North Dakota. Part VI will explore solutions to eviction problems in North Dakota. Part VII will summarize how archaic laws applied to modern landlord-tenant relationships has caused serious socio-economic problems that are best resolved by substantial shifts in fundamental policies underlying the law and firm enforcement of the law.

News Coverage: “Into the trees: Rural housing shortages push some into forests, parking lots”

News Coverage: Alden Woods, Into the trees: Rural housing shortages push some into forests, parking lots, Arizona Republic, Dec. 3, 2017.

News Coverage: “Bussed out: How America moves its homeless”

News Coverage: Outside in America Team, Bussed out: How America moves its homeless, The Guardian, Dec. 20, 2017.

[NOTE: this is a great article with lots of research behind it and part of a larger series by the Guardian. Would make for a good classroom assignment and includes great graphics.]

News Coverage: “Amid booming economy, homelessness soars on US West Coast”

News Coverage: Gillian Flaccus & Geoff Mulvihill, Amid booming economy, homelessness soars on US West Coast, Assoc. Press, Nov. 9, 2017.

News Coverage: “China: ‘ruthless’ campaign to evict Beijing’s migrant workers condemned”

News Coverage: Benjamin Haas, China: ‘ruthless’ campaign to evict Beijing’s migrant workers condemned, Guardian, Nov. 26, 2017.

New Article: “Homelessness and the Impossibility to Obey the Law”

Skolnik, Terry, Homelessness and the Impossibility to Obey the Law,  43 Fordham Urban Law Journal 741 (2016). [Abstract below]

Building on Jeremy Waldron’s work, this article argues that it can be impossible for homeless people to obey the law in certain contexts. This occurs where there are insufficient public resources to allow homeless people to comply with the law, or the homeless lack the capacity or opportunity to obey quality of life rules. This article explores the moral objections to enforcing quality of life rules in such circumstances, how courts view homeless people’s impossibility to obey the law, as well as policy and litigation strategies applicable in such cases.

Op-Ed: “Designing a More Inclusive City”

Allison Arief, Designing a More Inclusive City, New York Times, October, 20, 2017. [“City Center Plaza, like so many urban plazas everywhere, gives the appearance of public space while simultaneously restricting access to it.”]

Op-Ed: “Why is ‘Affordable’ Housing So Expensive to Build”

Joe Cortright, Why is ‘Affordable’ Housing So Expensive to Build, City Lab, October 19, 2017. [As costs keep rising, it’s becoming harder and harder for governments to subsidize like they’ve done in the past.]

Op-Ed: “America’s affordable-housing stock dropped by 60 percent from 2010 to 2016”

Tracy Jan, America’s affordable-housing stock dropped by 60 percent from 2010 to 2016,The Washington Post, October 23, 2017. [“The number of apartments deemed affordable for very low-income families across the United States fell by more than 60 percent between 2010 and 2016”]