FIGHTING FOR HOUSING JUSTICE IN ATLANTA
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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...
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...
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 average person probably would have...
#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 Atlanta to demand relief for...
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...