Community land trusts allow West Denver homeowners to stay in place, in their communities, build an ADU or pay down their mortgage

Help is available for west Denver homeowners struggling to stay in their homes, Donna Bryson, Denverite, Nov. 19, 2020 A new program, Stay in Place, allows them to sell the land under their homes into a land trust and use the cash to pay down their mortgages said West Denver Renaissance Collaborative Director Renee Martinez-Stone. They can sell the land …

More than 14 million may have

Health Care Dive, November 2020 As many as 7.7 million U.S. workers with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage lost their jobs by June as the fallout from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus — and the country’s inability to contain it — dramatically slowed the economy, according to the latest analysis from the Employee Benefit Research Institute, The Commonwealth Fund and W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment …

Even amidst the pandemic, economic crisis, and Trump’s daily tirades, climate remained a top-tier issue for voters. And large numbers of Republicans also said they were concerned about the crisis. Fox News exit poll on election night found 70 percent of voters support increased government spending on green and renewable energy.

And a higher percentage with these views may have voted by mail! Also see https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/how-black-voters-key-cities-helped-deliver-election-joe-biden-n1246980 By Jamie Henn With Donald Trump defeated and Joe Biden declared president-elect, the climate movement is already engaged in a fierce discussion about how to move policy forward in the Biden era, especially if Mitch McConnell manages to maintain his control of the Senate. But the …

President Trump told suburban voters that affordable housing would hurt property values and increase crime. The story of one Wisconsin community challenges those assumptions.

Residents Feared Low-Income Housing Would Ruin Their Suburb. It Didn’t. Research has shown that tax-credit properties generally do not increase crime in affluent communities. They also tend to have little effect on property values in wealthy neighborhoods Most working-age, able-bodied people receiving government assistance for housing have jobs or were recently employed, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy …

Inequality, complexity, or neglect, as precursors to societal collapse? COVID has already given a taste of what happens when a society fails to meet the challenges that face it, when the factions that rule over it tend solely to their own interests

Excerpt, Ben Ehrenreich, NYTimes Magazine, Nov 2020 Tainter thinks complexity…The quest for efficiency, he wrote recently, has brought on unprecedented levels of complexity: “an elaborate global system of production, shipping, manufacturing and retailing” in which goods are manufactured in one part of the world to meet immediate demands in another, and delivered only when they’re needed. The system’s speed is …

Utility shutoffs should be a rallying cry for justice

Even before COVID-19, many households that were low-income, Black, Latinx, Native American or seniors were struggling to pay their debts, and now these unaffordably high utility bills will likely lead to disconnections or shutoffs. Data from the 2017 American Housing Survey states that nationally, 67 percent of low-income households (25.8 million) are facing a high energy burden and these are the families …

65 million people have filed for unemployment assisstance since March. A Universal Basic Income would result in economic growth

Oct 2020. Excerpt from https://www.laprogressive.com/ubi-would-result-in-economic-growth/ The top 1 percent of Americans hold 40 percent of the wealth, and the poorest 90 percent have less than one-quarter. We’ve had about four decades of near-zero wage growth, and of declining labor unions and worker bargaining power. Even before the pandemic, 40 percent of Americans lacked $400 to cover an emergency expense, while one-quarter had to forego …

9 Reasons to Eliminate Jaywalking Laws Now

They’ve rarely protected pedestrians, and their enforcement is racially biased. Two street safety experts say there are better ways to curb traffic violence. Angie Schmitt and Charles T. Brown October 16, 2020 On Sept. 23, Kurt Andreas Reinhold, a 42-year-old Black man, was trying to cross a street in San Clemente, California, when two officers from a special “homeless outreach unit” stopped him. …

Getting Off Gas Must Benefit Those Burdened by Pollution

October 20, 2020 Michele Knab HassonMerrian Borgeson NRDC https://www.nrdc.org/experts/merrian-borgeson/getting-gas-must-benefit-those-burdened-pollution Leading California equity groups are calling on the state to take stronger steps to support healthier, more affordable, fossil fuel-free homes, especially for low-income renters and Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Protecting the health of Californians most impacted by pollution and structural racism, and combating climate change, requires new policies to prioritize them in …