Category Archives: Homeless

News Article: Trump administration considers $6 billion cut to HUD budget

News Article: Jose A. DelReal, Trump administration considers $6 billion cut to HUD budget, Washington Post (Mar. 8, 2017).

 

Op-Ed: The Pope on Panhandling: Give Without Worry

Op-Ed: Editorial Board, The Pope on Panhandling: Give Without Worry, N.Y. Times (Mar. 3, 2017).

News Article: Eviction Companies Pay the Homeless Illegally Low Wages to Put People on the Street

News Article: Elizabeth Flock, Eviction Companies Pay the Homeless Illegally Low Wages to Put People on the Street, Washington City Paper (Feb. 23, 2017).

New Article: “Under-Propertied Persons”

New Article: Marc Roark, Under-Propertied Persons, forthcoming Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol’y.  Abstract below:

Property shapes the way we talk about our communities and ourselves. It also, unintentionally, shapes the way we talk about the poor. Within property, the doctrine of waste reinforces notions of autonomy, privacy, and boundary-making for property owners, while leaving those without property searching for other ways to assert these self-defining protections. Likewise, nuisance assists owners’ participation in their communities by dictating when individuals must account for harms their property use causes to neighbors. The law, however, provides few legal remedies for poor persons who are harmed by owners’ sanctioned use of property. Through the language of ownership, property doctrines facilitate special benefits for those with property, while forcing those outside of property to seek other means to assert similar benefits. Owners — landlords of gap rentals, public housing authorities, and cities — often treat their poorest residents as problems to be managed rather than residents deserving autonomy and community. Housing units are destroyed, families are displaced, and homeless are forced further out of sight. The doctrines and rules that encourage these outcomes focus on the improper, the impaired, or the imperfect instead of facilitating discourse about how living environments promote human flourishing for these residents. In this way, our property system’s rules and language create a class of persons who are under-propertied, under-housed, and under-valued.

Letter to the Editor: How to make housing more affordable

Letter to the Editor: How to make housing more affordable, Washington Post (Oct. 21, 2016).

News Article: “After a Crime, the Price of a Second Chance”

News Article: Shaila Dewan & Andrew W. Lehren, “After a Crime, the Price of a Second Chance,” N.Y. Times, Dec. 12,2016.

News Article: “D.C. Homelessness Doubles National Average as Living Costs Soar”

News Article: Noah Weiland, “D.C. Homelessness Doubles National Average as Living Costs Soar,” N.Y. Times, Jan. 1, 2017.

Article: “Section 8 Is the New N-Word: Policing Integration in the Age of Black Mobility”

Article: Norrinda Brown Hayat, “Section 8 Is the New N-Word: Policing Integration in the Age of Black Mobility,” 51 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol’y 061 (2016).

This Article addresses the concept of black mobility within the context of Section 8 housing vouchers. Hayat explores the rise of racially coded language and its impact on racially discriminatory housing measures, highlighting the intersectionality between narratives of black criminality and the implicit biases of Section 8 proponents. Hayat argues for eradication of Section 8 enforcement schemes and facially race-neutral policies to promote the elimination of hyper-segregated neighborhoods.

News Article: “Study: D.C. gentrification can cause pockets of poverty to grow, especially east of Anacostia River”

News Article: Paul Duggan, “Study: D.C. gentrification can cause pockets of poverty to grow, especially east of Anacostia River,” Washington Post, Nov. 23, 2016.

News Article: “HUD Is Essential to the Fight Against Poverty. Ben Carson Will Lobotomize It.”

News Article: Henry Grabar, “HUD Is Essential to the Fight Against Poverty. Ben Carson Will Lobotomize It.,” Slate, Nov. 23, 2016.