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Villa 31-Retiro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Seventy years of urban struggle for the right to housing, land and liberty Villa 31/Retiro was amalgamated in 1930 on public land near downtown, the port of Buenos Aires and one of the large train stations serving the northern part of the country. At first, it housed the families of dockworkers who lost their jobs in the economic crisis of 1929. In the Forties, European immigrants arrived and worked laying the rail system extension. In the Fifties, the amalgamation was organized as six neighbourhoods with a coordinating committee of neighbourhood delegates.

The Mortgage Crisis - Out of Sight, Out of Mind

People in Communities of color have lost billions of dollars in home equity, and today they are losing their homes on a massive scale

After the International IAI Days

The aim was to contribute to the training of the emerging leaders of urban social movements; to rethink the city, citizens’ rights and the processes of self-management in social habitat production and the social function of property; and to take on the threats that neoliberalism poses to towns and the environment.

Report on Manhattan Vacant Property Count

 “Picture the Homeless” is excited to announce the release of our brand-new report, Homeless People Count , documenting the results of our historic Vacant Building & Lot Count.  In 2006, in collaboration with the office of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, we went up and down every single block in Manhattan to quantify the volume of vacant property going to waste in the middle of the worst housing crisis the city has ever seen. The results of that count are contained within this report, and they were shocking even to us—and we’ve been talking about abandoned buildings for years!  

The First National Truth Commission on poverty in USA

On July 15 and 16, 2006, the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) made history in Cleveland, Ohio by holding the first National Truth Commission on Poverty in the United States of America.

Ushuaia: Social housing for an urban world

November 29 and 30 2007 The “Social Housing for an Urban World” Day took place under two intense days of working and a huge meeting of organisations of civil society and local and national representatives as well as international organisations. It was organised by Habitat Network, Argentina ( Red Hábitat Argentina ) and the Urban Social Forum of the Tierra del Fuego Province.

Uruguay's "Urban Landless" Fight for Housing Cooperative

Following almost four decades of struggle for urban land to build their houses, mutual-aid housing cooperatives confront the progressive government of President Tabaré Vázquez, which has criminalized occupations and bogged down loans.

Evicted for unpaid debts: the Mexican Government is violating international obligations

Harsh pronouncement: IAI vows to take Mexico’s case to the United Nations Advisory Group on Forced Evictions In the run up to World Zero Evictions Day, the Consejo Nacional de Defensa de la Vivienda (National Housing Defence Council - CDV) met with Cesare Ottolini, Coordinator of the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI), to analyse the housing situation and evictions promoted by the Mexican Federal Government. Using legal evidence, CDV demonstrated that in Mexico, the Federal Government is undertaking a series of irregular operations. These include selling unpaid debts to American debt collection agencies, and the eviction of thousands of persons who are unable to pay their home purchase loans because they have no jobs. The Federal Government has thus failed to adhere to legally-binding international agreements guaranteeing the Mexican people the right to decent housing.

Respect Human Rights: Stop the Demolitions!

The New Orleans Solidarity Organizing Committee - Minnesota Branch unites with the New Orleans Public Housing and Right to Return Movement and the United Front for Affordable Housing to demand a halt to HUD’s plans to demolish approximately 5,000 units of badly needed and structurally sound public housing. HUD‘s planned demolition of this valuable housing resource would exacerbate the suffering of low income New Orleans tenants and effectively block their return to New Orleans, in violation of human rights standards, commitments, and common decency as shared by all peoples of the world. HUD should turn its energies to housing people in need and facilitating the return of New Orleans low income residents rather than demolishing their homes and blocking their return.