#1496 Home Is Where The Hardship Is (Housing Crisis)

Air Date: 6–15-2022

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Today we take a look at the many reasons why we are experiencing a housing crisis in the US and beyond but it mostly comes down to treating housing as a commodity to be profited from rather than a basic human need or, if you're feeling radical, a basic human right.

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Ch. 1: The Housing Market - If You Don't Know, Now You Know - The Daily Show - Air Date 12-8-21

Why has it become so hard to buy a home in America? If you don’t know, now you know.

Ch. 2: How Foreign Companies Are Raising Housing Prices - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 12-27-21

The American people cannot afford to buy houses. Should corporations be allowed to buy houses and raise the housing price in your neighborhood? This also adds to the homelessness problem.

Ch. 3: John and Ana React to Bonkers Housing Story - The Damage Report - Air Date 3-12-22

The housing market has reached frightening heights and which has people looking elsewhere for home buying. John Iadarola and Ana Kasparian break it down on The Damage Report.

Ch. 4: How Socialists Solved The Housing Crisis - The Gravel Institute - Air Date 1-29-21

Zohran Mamdani, New York State assemblyman, talks about how Austrian socialists in the 1920s and ‘30s pioneered an approach that offered better, cheaper, and safer homes for everyone.

Ch. 5: Is the Housing Bubble About to Burst Featuring Prof. Richard Wolff - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 6-1-22

Want happens when the housing bubble bursts? It is easy to see when it has happened but spotting a collapse ahead of time is difficult.

Ch. 6: Eviction Rates Are Rising - The Takeaway - Air Date 5-13-22

We hear from Caroyln Headlam, organizer with the Ithaca Tenants Union in upstate New York, and Lauren Springer, tenant leader with Catholic Migration Services

Ch. 7: Why Dems Have Abandoned Public Housing - The Majority Report - Air Date 4-9-22

The Democratic Party has no plan to address the homeless crisis the United States is facing today. One way to fix it would be to provide public housing to people. This would also boost their political power in their districts, but they don't do it.


Ch. 8: Does Vienna Have the World's Best Council Housing? Swimming Pools, Private TV Channels & More - Channel 4 Documentaries - Air Date 8-8-19

George Clarke visits a council estate in Vienna and is shocked by what he finds.

Ch. 9: Short-term rental housing is hurting Ouray residents - Rocky Mountain PBS - Air Date 7-19-21

The employee housing crisis is like nothing the residents in Ouray have ever seen. Increasing housing prices, rent, construction costs, and short-term rental (STR) properties have created an environment that fewer and fewer people are able to thrive in.


Ch. 10: Final comments on supporting affordable housing through the Build Back Better bill


Demand Targeted Affordable Housing Investments Stay in Any Reconciliation Package!

- Call your Senators and Reps at 202-224-3121 and use the NLIHC Call Script (and email them)

- Use NLIHC's Advocacy Toolkit to help spread the word

- Read and share the NLIHC's Inflation Fact Sheet

- Follow @NLIHC


Resurrected budget package no slam dunk as negotiations heat up (June 6th via RollCall)

Affordable housing in the US is increasingly scarce, making renters ask: Where do we go? (March 14th via The Conversation)

Housing Investments in Build Back Better Would Address Pressing Unmet Needs (Feb. 10th via Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

A growing share of Americans say affordable housing is a major problem where they live (Jan. 18th via Pew Research Center)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Description: An illustration of a simple green house with a "$" symbol incorporated into it. The vertical line of the symbol is also the shape of the chimney and the front door. Small dollar signs flow out of the chimney, getting smaller as they go up.

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  • Jay Tomlinson
    published this page in Episodes 2022-06-15 08:17:21 -0400
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