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Homeless moms win battle over vacant house

Moms 4 Housing, 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.

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01/31/2020 4:58 PM

153 comments

  • Jorge M.
    03/13/2020 01:58

    Being a vagrant in my world would be punishable by wiping...

  • Susan P.
    03/12/2020 19:54

    Now they want to justify their criminal act?? They want to play victim when they put themselves in a situation that was ILLEGAL!!! When do people learn!!!!

  • Bird S.
    03/12/2020 18:21

    Stop crying get a job and stop having babies by losers

  • Reverendo J.
    03/12/2020 12:54

    Homeless shelter is not a solution, some are dangerous to live in and doesn't always lead to permanent housing. These States has empty lots they can convert to permanent residence for these homeless crisis we face but I have seen this in the grassroots of the national coalition for the homeless is how some of us who were homeless were able to get off the streets and back on our feet. We have veterans from ww2 still in the streets. Begging mentally ill all they way up to the present war vets who are also on waiting list. Ex con who paid their price who are rehabilitated and can't find or afford in these days and age to restart their life, women and children. People with disabilities. All started with the squatters who took over empty homes and for that the federal government and the city and states agreed that 10% of housing development were going to be awarded to those who are homeless.

  • Austine H.
    03/12/2020 07:07

    Get over it i used to live in alameda ca apt. name bayview apt. no rent control and... i tried or did everything we went to city hall nothing happen we did protest and non profit help us nothing we loss.

  • Lori R.
    03/11/2020 22:29

    If America would start helping Americans before helping other nations things would be different! Besides what are their senators doing for their districts? That is the real question.

  • Johnny F.
    03/11/2020 18:49

    I live in Florida with neighbors that live in Canada , they split the time between seasons , it would suck for them to come back and find strangers in their home because it was empty for 4 months .

  • William K.
    03/11/2020 18:32

    U made ur piece when u had a child y should I have to make accommodations for ur mistake or not wanting to live in a homeless shelter.

  • Vickie P.
    03/11/2020 17:19

    Sorry your homeless, but what you are doing is wrong.

  • Bill B.
    03/11/2020 16:47

    they exspect the STATE OF FED GOV, TO JUST GIVE THEM A HOME THAT IN MOST STATES IS 6 TO 8 TIMES MORE THENMOST OF THE CONTRY.///////

  • John A.
    03/11/2020 11:00

    city officials are the reason your in the situation to begin with.. federal money has been stolen by them to line their pockets... as for people being in military gear .. and you feeling threatened.. that’s on you.. we built a water well in Kosovo for the locals.. and we had weapons the whole time.. it’s for their own protection.. because what you call a residential area is as well a ghetto and has a past of people becoming violent when people don’t get their way..

  • Solomon W.
    03/11/2020 02:36

    wHITE NAZIS... simple

  • Marcus G.
    03/10/2020 15:40

    Bums...lock em up.

  • Jihad A.
    03/10/2020 15:18

    Welcome to the UNITED STATES OF ISRAEL... This is who they do Palestinians... I remember when President Obama took those vehicles from law enforcement... However, Trump gave them back for occasions like this... Making Amerikkka Great Again...

  • James C.
    03/10/2020 15:04

    so I'm supposed to feel bad about people squatting in property that doesn't belong to them?

  • Annette P.
    03/10/2020 13:56

    Glad she goes to jail street scum

  • Jessie G.
    03/10/2020 11:12

    File formal charges stop bullshitting

  • Hector H.
    03/10/2020 05:37

    Yes all mom.

  • Darrell A.
    03/10/2020 05:01

    The Democratic Party that runs California is to blame. Vote them out and I'll bet things will change!

  • Tina R.
    03/10/2020 00:04

    Did they own the home? Probably not if they were homeless. Property owners have rights too. You cant just take over someone's property and then claim it as your own

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