Human Right To Housing: Four Steps To End A USA Eviction Crisis

An older but brightly painted cottage with a heavyset man, naked from the waist up, sitting on the front steps
midsummer eviction photo by Punchup is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
According to the photographer, a mid-summer eviction in Minneapolis, Minnisota.

In a country that is not yet a signatory to the United Nation’s Right to Adequate housing, polls show that it has considerable support from the American population.

All very well, but gestures of theoretical support in themselves do little to solve the devastation of that country’s eviction crisis. As many as 10 million U.S. citizens are at risk of eviction, with the poorest families paying on average 75% of their income to keep themselves housed.

Fran Quigley, the director of the Health and Human Rights Clinic at Indiana University McKinney School of Law, writes the article featured below, beginning with a tale of two renters. Their stories hint at the broad scope of this enormous eviction problem.

Quigley has a solution to the crisis, which consists of four steps. She pleads that the steps are simple and achievable even though “housing in the United States is complex, expensive, multilayered.”

Read more of these four steps proposed by Quigley in JACOBIN: We’re in an Evictions Crisis. Here Are 4 Steps to End It.