Keep it Simple: Stop the Foreclosure Crisis with the Right to Rent
There are a lot of complicated plans being discussed, but sometimes the simplest solution to a problem is best.http://www.alternet.org/economy/107572/keep_it_simple:_stop_the_foreclosure_crisis_with_the_right_to_rent/
By Mary Rose Kaczorowski
This article (link above) is still a timely piece.
Not too long ago it was possible to work part-time or 3/4 time and still afford rent and food. We need to go back to using rental housing to house people not as investment schemes to squeeze out the most profit possible but to house people. The U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, recognizes that the inherent dignity and that of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Article 25 of this document states:
- (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Maybe it is time for landlords and investment companies to sacrifice for the good of the nation- to give back to the local community.
Lower the rents! Make this a nationwide voluntary effort.
It is the right thing to do.