FIGHTING FOR HOUSING JUSTICE IN ATLANTA
Victory for the Santoro Family

Victory for the Santoro Family

Dear friends, Thanks to your support, Tony and Ladora Santoro are celebrating victory today, just two months after they launched their campaign with the help of Occupy Our Homes Atlanta. Your signatures matter. Your support of Home Defenders matters. Your calls and emails help keep families like the Santoros from...
Overcoming Illness and Foreclosure: Zannie Jackson's Struggle

Overcoming Illness and Foreclosure: Zannie Jackson’s Struggle

As Zannie Jackson sifted through a mountain of pictures featuring his 12-year-old son through the years, he beamed with pride. Any onlooker could plainly see that his son means the world to him. Zannie has a lot to live for — that’s why he’s fighting his battles so hard. The...
#Not1MoreEviction: The Grande Finale of OOHA’s Housing Justice Academy

#Not1MoreEviction: The Grande Finale of OOHA’s Housing Justice Academy

The attendees of Occupy Our Homes Atlanta’s first ever Housing Justice Academy wasted no time using their newly acquired nonviolent action skills. On the final day of our three-day training, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, participants from around the Southeast converged on Republican Senator Johnny Isakson’s office on Cumberland Boulevard in...
Victory for Mildred Garrison-Obi and Occupy Our Homes Atlanta!

Victory for Mildred Garrison-Obi and Occupy Our Homes Atlanta!

On Monday, September 23, 2013, Occupy Our Homes Atlanta (OOHA) stood alongside Mildred Garrison-Obi in Stone Mountain, Ga. to announce and celebrate her victory. Cameras were on the scene for a press conference Monday afternoon as Mildred recalled her courageous story of liberating her home in March of 2013 after...
Retired Police Detective & Cancer Patient Jacqueline Barber Wins Her Home!

Retired Police Detective & Cancer Patient Jacqueline Barber Wins Her Home!

  After an almost year long fight, we’re elated to announce that Occupy Our Homes Atlanta member Jacqueline Barber has worked out a deal that will keep her and her family in their home for good! Jacqueline, a retired police detective who has been fighting a form of blood and...
Desert Storm Veteran Mark Harris Evicted at Gunpoint

Desert Storm Veteran Mark Harris Evicted at Gunpoint

This morning Occupy Our Homes Atlanta home defender Mark Harris woke up to a knock on his door. When he looked out his peep hole he saw Dekalb County Marshals with guns drawn and aimed at his door. He stepped outside to tell them he had a Temporary Restraining Order...
"I'm Home Again - The Chains are Broken!" Toni's Liberated Home

“I’m Home Again – The Chains are Broken!” Toni’s Liberated Home

A month ago Toni Furman was evicted from her Lithonia home. Since being evicted she has been fighting and organizing to get back into her home. This past Monday, June 10th, she moved back in and liberated her home with the help of Occupy Our Homes Atlanta. The outpouring of...
Justice for the Figaro Family

Justice for the Figaro Family

Mike Figaro’s Story: A few years ago I moved to Atlanta from California. My family and I had saved money and commissioned a house to be built by John Wieland Homes. Because my wife is disabled we had it built with full handicapped access and an elevator so my wife could...
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Grassroots Research // Blackstone: Atlanta's Newest Landlord

Grassroots Research // Blackstone: Atlanta’s Newest Landlord

For the last two years private equity firms have been buying up homes in various cities across the country, putting some money towards repairs, and converting them to single family home rental properties with an eye towards securitizing the rent their tenants pay. In Atlanta, the largest investor of this kind has been The Blackstone...
Housing and Health Go Hand in Hand: Expand Medicaid Now

Housing and Health Go Hand in Hand: Expand Medicaid Now

The foreclosure crisis and health are deeply connected. The cost of housing reduces some people’s ability to take adequate care of their health. Sometimes the cost of medical expenses, through chronic illness or emergency, prevents people from keeping themselves sheltered. Get sick lose your home is unfortunately a story we are all too familiar with,...
Dekalb County Solicitor Tries to Deny Avondale 4 the Right to Choose Their Counsel

Dekalb County Solicitor Tries to Deny Avondale 4 the Right to Choose Their Counsel

In 1996, Mark Harris purchased his home with a Veterans Affairs (VA) backed loan. For 9 years, Mark Harris lived in his Avondale Estates home and paid his mortgage faithfully. In 2005, his small business was lost to the failing economy and his health was affected by the time he served in Desert Storm. When...
Nazim and Aisha's Commitment to Community

Nazim and Aisha’s Commitment to Community

In many communities there is a strongly held belief in the power of collective work and responsibility. That means that if we are to thrive we must build and maintain our communities together. As we went out to canvass Nazim and Aisha’s neighborhood in early March, their belief in a collective struggle was obvious. Aisha, even...
Keeping Nancy in the Neighborhood: A Senior Citizen Fighting for her Home

Keeping Nancy in the Neighborhood: A Senior Citizen Fighting for her Home

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta defines Aging In Place, as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level”. The practice of creating communities where senior citizens, having contributed so much to their communities, can live out their lives in the...
Affordable Housing Can't Wait

Affordable Housing Can’t Wait

Today, Occupy Our Homes Atlanta is helping to tell the true story of America’s housing affordability crisis by promoting the The Right to the City Alliance’s Can’t Wait List. The Can’t Wait List is a project of the Homes for All Campaign. Homes For All is “building the power of our communities to advocate for...
What a Weekend!: The Tale of Our First Ever Housing Justice Academy

What a Weekend!: The Tale of Our First Ever Housing Justice Academy

This is Sarah and Mariam from Occupy Our Homes Atlanta (OOHA) and we’re proud to share with y’all our experiences taking part in the very first Occupy Our Homes Housing Justice Academy held here this past weekend. We had folks from all over the Southeast join us– from Florida to Louisiana to Tennessee– to develop...
Housing Justice Academy

Housing Justice Academy

Occupy Our Homes Atlanta and the American Friends Service Committee would like to invite you to attend our first ever Housing Justice Academy in Atlanta October 26-28. The housing crisis has hit the Southeast especially hard. Thousands of families have already lost their homes, neighborhoods have been destroyed, and despite the media’s attempt to claim...
Jaye's Day in Court vs. Hugh Trotti & Warehouse Lofts

Jaye’s Day in Court vs. Hugh Trotti & Warehouse Lofts

When a judge calls you a “model tenant” and states that he would love to have you as a renter, you assume he would rule in your favor. However, this assumption was disproved last Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 when a DeKalb County judge concluded that Jaye Crawford’s landlord, Hugh Trotti of Warehouse Lofts, is not...
Jaye Crawford Gets Court Date with Nonresponsive Landlord

Jaye Crawford Gets Court Date with Nonresponsive Landlord

OOHA Member Jaye Crawford is known throughout Atlanta as an organizer of all things anti-GMO. For years she has campaigned tirelessly for the labeling of genetically modified foods and food security in general. Jaye and her daughter have lived in their studio apartment for 13 years. Jaye runs her personal fitness business out of her...
Victory for Latonia Wilson and Family!

Victory for Latonia Wilson and Family!

With the support of Occupy Our Homes Atlanta (OOHA) and her community, Ms. Latonia Wilson, a recently unemployed mother of eight children won her housing fight against Performance View LLC and its corrupt owner, Dan West. Last week on Thursday, August 29, 2013, Latonia and her army of supporters (decked out in blue attire as...
The Figaro's Fight Continues!

The Figaro’s Fight Continues!

In 2006 Mike and Patrice Figaro spent most of their savings on a house in South Fulton County. When they arrived to Georgia from California to live in their new home, they were immediately confronted with a nightmare of a home. Their wiring was hazardous, causing hot water heaters, televisions, ovens, and a jacuzzi bathtub...