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Chief Organizer Blog · 9h ago

PriceCheck Tools Can Save Big Money on Health Costs

New Orleans   Recently I read a disturbing and powerful indictment of the cost and provision of health care, An American Sickness: How Health Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back...
Chief Organizer Blog · 1d ago

FNMA Opens a Crack in the Predatory Land Contracts Wall

New Orleans   Fresh off our meeting and work in Detroit, the Home Savers Campaign got a break. In response to Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings complaints about Vision Property Managemen...
Chief Organizer Blog · 2d ago

Congressional Budget Office Scores House Health Bill with an “F”

Oakland    The Congressional Budget Office finished its nonpartisan, objective evaluation of the costs and impacts of their recently passed bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, and chann...
Chief Organizer Blog · 3d ago

Technology in the Service of Social Change

Santa Cruz   I drove over the mountain, as they say in this area, and ended up on the top of a hill with a dramatic view of the valley and water, while visiting the stunning campus of the Un...
Chief Organizer Blog · 4d ago

Vision Rent-to-Own “Buyers” Meet and Find Out Every Deal is Different

San Francisco  The first organizing meeting in Detroit of the Home Savers Campaign had spirited discussion when families discovered that they only had one thing in common in the contracts th...
Chief Organizer Blog · 5d ago

Trump’s Budget Wants USA to be Kansas, Meanwhile Reality Calls

Oakland   The devil is in the details, not on Saturday Night Live, and his footprints are becoming clearer as the top notes become louder on the Trump Administration’s true plans for the cou...
Chief Organizer Blog · 6d ago

Assembling the Facts on the Ground about Land Contracts in Detroit

Oakland   The back of the envelope figures from three days on the doors, based on reports logged into the database by our teams in Detroit, indicate that of more than 125 doors hit, half of ...
Chief Organizer Blog · 1w ago

The Confounding Contradictions of Detroit’s Land Contract Houses

Detroit   It was a rough day on the doors in Detroit. One team recorded 14 abandoned houses out of the 17 on the walk list. Remember that these were all homes according to all available reco...
Chief Organizer Blog · 1W ago

Predatory Land Contracts and Rent-to-Own Schemes May be More about Affordable Housing than Home Ownership

Detroit   We had hit the front door a couple of times without success. The house was a single-story white brick facade set back from the street. If we had not been anywhere other than the we...
Chief Organizer Blog · 1W ago

“Option to Buy,” another Twist on Predatory Purchase Schemes

Detroit   Preparing for the Home Savers Campaign teams to hit the doors in Detroit and visit with victims of the various installment land purchase and rent-to-buy schemes in the city, a crew...