Homeless moms win battle over vacant house

@moms4housing, an organization formed to combat the homelessness crisis, just made a major stride in Oakland — here’s a look at how they did it.

Holding everyone accountable for the display of violence in the community

A group of homeless mothers who were evicted from a vacant Oakland home they occupied managed to flip the script and return to the house. Wedgewood Properties agreed to sell the home to the nonprofit Oakland Community Land Trust, which will turn it into permanent affordable housing. In November 2019, the group of black women activists called Moms 4 Housing and their children moved into the house to highlight the city's housing and homeless crisis.

They occupied the house for nearly 2 months before being evicted in a pre-dawn raid that drew criticism for excessive use of force

“This is a movement for housing being a human right because it is. It made me feel like the power of the movement. The people were heard across the world because that's the only thing that put pressure on our city officials and Wedgwood to be able to come to that negotiation. to even sit down because when we first moved into the house, Wedgwood would not even sit down and talk to us. The mayor of Oakland was silent up until, I believe, the eviction. Right now, we're trying to set up a meeting with the governor and the mayor to discuss policy change in California and what that looks like. So that's what's next for Moms 4 Housing. We're fighting for our survival”, Dominique Walker, Moms 4 Housing co-founder tells Brut.

Moms 4 Housing is fighting gentrification

Walker says Wedgewood and other investment firms that specialize in flipping homes make the housing crisis worse — especially in the Bay Area, where the median price for a single-family home is $928,000 according to the California Association of Realtors (2019 median). Wedgewood had bought the house for $500,000 in July 2019 at a foreclosure auction. Walker says Moms 4 Housing will continue to fight until all unhoused people have shelter.


01/31/2020 4:58 PM
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  • Nydia A.
    21 hours


  • Jennefer G.
    a day

    Did she say "A total violation?" A total violation of what?

  • Ben G.
    2 days

    Dumb lady 🤐 shut the F up loser

  • Linda E.
    2 days

    You cannot just move into a house and think it's yours to live in take them to Nancy Pelosi's house she has plenty of room

  • Shalana L.
    4 days

    I'm sorry but this is BS. I had my first child at 16, struggled for years, had no place to call home for a long time but, I never did something like this! I worked myself to the bone to be able to afford a down payment for the house I now own, which took me almost 10 years to pay for. Shame on these women for not finding a LEGAL solution to their problems!

  • Todd F.
    4 days

    Unfortunately these same people want only the power hungry, over reactive police to be armed. Makes no sense to me.

  • Paul M.
    4 days

    Get a job instead of lookin for a handout

  • James M.
    5 days

    You can easily remove women from a house without militarization lolx. I mean, were they making bombs and stocked up with guns or what?

  • Maureen L.
    5 days

    That is someone’s property, every adult there is in violation ... how many times were they asked to leave... my opinion

  • Teryl H.
    5 days

    They squatted in someone else’s home. Refused to leave. Not your property. It’s called trespassing

  • Bernice H.
    6 days

    Wishing them success!!

  • Chris K.
    6 days

    U don't want this to happen stop breaking into houses that are not yours n try living there. Problem solved

  • Onnie F.
    02/21/2020 07:26

    This is stupid

  • Edwin N.
    02/20/2020 19:18

    Where they belong in JAIL . YOU ARE TRYING TO STEAL THIS PROPERTY......

  • April M.
    02/20/2020 19:02

    Omg people like really get your a&& a job and work for it shame on them. Nothing is for free.

  • William H.
    02/20/2020 01:11

    N the cops do what ever they want mostly to people that that have no money or low income

  • Mary J.
    02/19/2020 03:59

    The Dems were in charge of Congress in 2009 when Pelosi and Reid turned over empty homes to the likes of Mnuichan.... Their greed continues exacerbate Bay Area housing crisis even today. Why Democrats did millionaires and billionaires get another opportunity to squeeze the middle class. A housing plan for the poor would have been a better solution. Vote🇺🇸

  • Charles S.
    02/18/2020 18:53

    Sounds like they were squatters and rightfully removed.

  • Jack O.
    02/18/2020 17:22

    This is hilarious. Illegal occupation!! But they are the victims. Home owner is the one being victimized. WTF??

  • Jessica R.
    02/18/2020 13:08

    This is ridiculous!! How are the squatters being violated by being removed from a property they have no right to?!?! If you didn’t want to be removed then you should’ve left when asked. And frankly they should’ve been charged with trespassing! Great stage to set... if your homeless just help yourself to someone else’s property and when you have to leave, just cry victim! And we wonder why landlords charge so much and rentals are scarce! Ridiculous!!!!!