FIGHTING FOR HOUSING JUSTICE IN ATLANTA
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TOWNHALL MEETING: DEKALB’S PREDATORY HOUSING CRISIS

TOWNHALL MEETING: DEKALB’S PREDATORY HOUSING CRISIS

On Tuesday, Occupy Our Homes Atlanta will provide a forum for DeKalb residents to speak to elected officials and community leaders about the impacts of predatory lending, negative home equity, and rental speculation in the county. Housing activists will briefly detail the findings of two reports: Underwater America, released by the HAAS Institute in May...
Success for DBABS Construction

Success for DBABS Construction

Thanks to your support, the sisters of DBABS Construction are celebrating their successful campaign with Occupy Our Homes Atlanta today. Your petition signatures, call-ins, and participation in our Wednesday actions have produced a positive outcome for this family-owned local business. Great work!!! Brunetta sent along this message and we want to pass it along to...
Success for DBABS Construction!

Success for DBABS Construction!

Thanks to your support, the sisters of DBABS Construction are celebrating their successful campaign with Occupy Our Homes Atlanta today. Your petition signatures, call-ins, and participation in our Wednesday actions have produced a positive outcome for this family-owned local business. Great work!!! Brunetta sent along this message and we want to pass it along to...
The Avondale 4: Fighting for the Right to Protest

The Avondale 4: Fighting for the Right to Protest

Fighting for the Right to Protest: The Avondale 4 in Court, May 14th Debrief May 14, 2014, Decatur, Georgia — On Wednesday, May 14th at 1:30 pm at 556 North            McDonough in the Dekalb County Courthouse, approximately 30 people gathered to support  U.S. Army Veteran, Mark Harris and members of Occupy Our Homes...
Civil Disruption: The Atlanta Press Club Luncheon with Egbert Perry

Civil Disruption: The Atlanta Press Club Luncheon with Egbert Perry

Today, at the Commerce Club on Peachtree St., Occupy Our Homes Atlanta went business casual, but we’re never going business-as-usual. Atlanta residents fighting for housing justice and Occupy Our Homes Atlanta (OOHA) activists attended The Atlanta Press Club’s Newsmaker Luncheon in Downtown Atlanta. Egbert Perry, Integral CEO and Fannie Mae Chairman of the Board, was...
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...
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 losing their homes. Occupy Our...
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...