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Report: Amid Housing Crisis, NY Must Rethink How Land is Owned

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Abigail Savitch-Lew

Arvernetta Henry of Picture the Homeless speaks at the release of Right to the City’s new report at Picture the Homeless’s headquarters on March 8, 2018.

A new report released Thursday takes a wide look at the nation’s housing system and calls for a shift to alternative models that “reconceptualiz[e] housing as something beyond a source of profit.”
 
The report, entitled “Communities Over Commodities: People-Driven Solutions to an Unjust Housing System,” can be viewed here.  Authored by the Right to The City Alliance, a national coalition of social-justice organizations concerned about displacement, as part of the organization’s Homes for All Campaign, it presents four alternative housing models from the United States and elsewhere “where communities have taken charge of housing needs through cooperative and collective arrangements.”
 
Its release comes as a variety of New York City groups, including Right to the City Alliance members Picture the Homeless and CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, have embarked on efforts to grow community land trusts, one of the four alternative housing models presented in the report. The de Blasio administration has lent financial support to the land-trust model, but some advocates would like to see the administration go farther by facilitating a major

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