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Baltimore votes to become first large U.S. city to ban water privatisation

Baltimore's aging infrastructure has drawn increasing attention from private water companies seeking to take over management of parts of the city systems.

Evicted and Abandoned. Villagers In Limbo As World Bank Abandons Controversial Kosovo Power Plant

The decision ends the World Bank’s support for coal worldwide, but also leaves villagers unsure of their fate as the Kosovo government vows to push ahead with the power plant.

Troubling trend sees evictions in Somalia double

Over 204,000 people were forcibly removed from their homes this year, nearly double the same period last year, with many people made homeless multiple times.

In 83 Million Eviction Records, a Sweeping and Intimate New Look at Housing in America

Nearly one million American households received eviction judgments in 2016 in new data spanning dozens of states. Candace Williams was evicted in Richmond, Va., which has one of the highest eviction rates in the data. Matt Eich for The New York Times RICHMOND, Va. — Before the first hearings on the morning docket, the line starts to clog the lobby of the John Marshall Courthouse. No cellphones are allowed inside, but many of the people who’ve been summoned don’t learn that until they arrive. “Put it in your car,” the sheriff’s deputies suggest at the metal detector. That advice is no help to renters who have come by bus. To make it inside, some tuck their phones in the bushes nearby.

São Paulo, Pessoas en situaçao de rua e MacDonald's

Vou aproveitar que colei grau ontem e fazer textão sobre a minha paixãozinha econômica: desigualdade e população de rua.Eu tive o privilégio de passar um ano inteirinho do meu primeiro estágio trabalhando com a Profa. Silvia Schor, uma das (se não a maior) referência desse país sobre a dimensão econômica da situação de rua. É ela que encabeçou todos os (bons) censos dessa população feitos em São Paulo desde 2000, já que o IBGE não contabiliza moradores de rua - as Prefeituras que têm dinheiro costumam encomendar esses estudos de órgãos privados como a Fipe, onde eu trabalhei.

European Union: The first report on homelessness and evictions

"Homelessness prevention in the context of evictions": full report - final version Home is associated with safety, belonging, esteem and personal and child development. Housing and home are intertwined with health, poverty or wealth and opportunity in general. Eviction involves the involuntary removal of people from their homes, with many negative personal and social consequences, particularly for children.In EU Member States where evictions are widely concentrated among people with complex support needs (mostly in Northern European Member States), research shows that about one quarter of those evicted can become homeless.

America Has an Affordable Housing Crisis

National Low Income Housing Coalition - nlihc.org There is not a single state in the U.S. where a minimum wage employee working full-time can reasonably afford a one-bedroom apartment at the fair market rent. While 29 states, plus the District of Columbia, have taken steps to raise the minimum wage  above the federal rate of $7.25 per hour, affordable housing remains out of reach for the country's low-income workers.

UK, The desperate councils buying back homes they were forced to sell

At least 80,000 council homes in England could disappear by 2020 due to the right-to-buy scheme. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA With housing waiting lists higher than ever, eviction rates rocketing and stock dwindling through right to buy and the impending compulsory sale of high value housing, some councils have resorted to desperate measures.

Turkmenistan: 50,000 evicted for the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

Satellite imagery traces destruction in the Choganly neighbourhood from 2014 to 2015. The March 2014 image, on the left, depicts 10,052 structures, while only 5,604 appear to still be standing in the April 2015 image, to the right. Within 13 months some 4,898 structures appeared to have been demolished, amounting to nearly 475,000 square metres of homes and other residential structures. © DigitalGlobe An estimated 50,000 or more people have been forcibly evicted from their homes as part of a push to “beautify” the capital of Turkmenistan ahead of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Amnesty International revealed today as it published satellite images showing the extent of the devastation.

Rent to tent and back again

An urban neighborhood in Tripoli, north Lebanon, is home to both Syrian refugees and locals - Amelia Rule/CARE International LONDON/ERBIL, 12 October 2015 (IRIN) - Readying a fundraiser for an Aleppo hospital, a London boutique owner expressed her concern about the Syrian refugees who’ve fled to neighbouring countries: “They’re living in camps over there, aren’t they?”