Everyone deserves to have a roof over their head and a place to call home. Millions of Americans have worked hard for years for the opportunity to own their own home; for others, it remains a distant goal. For all of us, having a decent place to live for ourselves and our families is the most fundamental part of the American dream, a source of security and pride.
In 2008, we discovered bankers and speculators had been gambling with our most valuable asset, our homes–betting against us and destroying trillions of dollars of our wealth. Now, because of the foreclosure crisis Wall Street banks created with their lies and greed, millions of Americans have lost their homes, and one in four homeowners are currently underwater on their mortgage.
Not only do we have thousands of people without homes, we have thousands of homes without people. Boarded-up houses are sitting empty–increasing crime, lowering the value of other homes in the neighborhood, erasing the wealth that lifts families into the middle class.
The Occupy Wall Street movement and brave homeowners around the country are coming together to say, “Enough is enough.” We, the 99%, are standing up to Wall Street banks and demanding they negotiate with homeowners instead of foreclosing on them.
Occupy Our Homes is a movement that supports Americans who stand up to their banks and fight for their homes. We believe everyone has a right to decent, affordable housing. We stand in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement and with community organizations who help the 99% fight for a place to call home.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is a community organization that has worked with Monique White and other North Minneapolis residents to stop foreclosures, and is campaigning to get the Minneapolis School Board to divest from Wells Fargo bank over its predatory lending practices and their effects on the schools.
Organizing for Occupation
Organizing for Occupation (O4O) is a group of New York City residents from the activist, academic, religious, homeless, arts, and progressive legal communities who have come together to respond to the housing crisis. We firmly believe that safe and affordable housing is a human right, and that the government and the private sector have failed to meaningfully address this crisis. Therefore it is up to those who are most afflicted by the lack of affordable housing, homelessness, and foreclosures to actualize that right themselves through non-violent direct action. We intend to create housing through the occupation of vacant spaces and to protect people’s right to remain in existing housing through community based anti-eviction campaigns. We are available to offer training, education and encouragement to individuals and organizations.
Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment
Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) believes that Missouri is positioned at a unique intersection of social, economic and environmental injustice. We believe that as corporate power continues unabated expansion and the gap between the rich and the poor widens, there has never been a better time for our low-income communities to come together and fight back.
MORE seeks to be a powerful organization of low- and moderate-income people, building strength in our communities. We work in relationship with other organizations pushing our allies to engage in creative direct action with us to foster good policy changes. MORE seeks to be part of a movement that cuts across, class, age and race lines that is envisioning and building the world in which we would like to live.
Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign
The Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign will Enforce our Human Rights To Housing and continue fighting to stop all economically-motivated evictions in Chicago. We are no longer willing to wait for any authority to institute our human right to housing. We the People are Enforcing Our Human Rights!
Occupy Our Homes Atlanta
We are a grassroots, member-led organization that seeks to build power in Metro Atlanta neighborhoods highly impacted by the housing crisis. By mobilizing communities around foreclosure, eviction, tenant rights, and public land rights — with an emphasis on leadership development and fostering a culture of resistance through non-violent direct action — we strive to transform our city’s approach to housing. We believe that housing is a human right regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, economic background, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or immigration status.
Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition
Our goal is to reverse the disastrous trend of foreclosures, evictions and sinking housing values. We continue to bear witness to the predatory and fraudulent actions of the financial and mortgage industries and stand arm in arm with those individuals and communities victimized by them. Through education, sharing of resources, legislative changes, community outreach, and direct actions, we seek to keep people in their homes, support our communities, and work for an economy that benefits all people.
Housing Is A Human Right
Housing Is A Human Right is an ongoing documentary portrait of the struggle for home.
We create a space for people to share stories of their community and ongoing experiences trying to obtain or maintain a place to call Home. We are building a collection of intimate, viscerally honest narratives exploring the complex fabric of community and the human right to housing and land, painting a living portrait of human rights.
Stories are recorded in sound in the tradition of oral history and shared as audio stories, photographs and multimedia across multiple platforms-including interactive exhibitions in unconventional spaces & broadcasts via traditional and new media outlets.
Right to the City
Right to the City (RTTC) emerged in 2007 as a unified response to gentrification and a call to halt the displacement of low-income people, people of color, marginalized LGBTQ communities, and youths of color from their historic urban neighborhoods. We are a national alliance of racial, economic and environmental justice organizations.
Through shared principles and a common frame and theory of change, RTTC is building a national movement for racial justice, urban justice, human rights, and democracy.
Causa Justa::Just Cause
We are Causa Justa :: Just Cause (CJJC), a multi-racial, grassroots organization building community leadership to achieve justice for low-income San Francisco and Oakland residents. In 2010, CJJC emerged from the strategic collaboration of two powerful organizations: St. Peter’s Housing Committee and Just Cause Oakland. These two organizations represent more than 30 years combined experience working toward housing and racial justice for African Americans and Latinos. With offices in East and West Oakland and in San Francisco’s Mission District, together we are a force for justice and unity among Black and Brown communities.
Causa Justa :: Just Cause has a multi-faceted approach to fighting for social justice. We provide tenant rights advocacy and information to tenants through our Housing Committee/Tenants’ Rights Clinic. We build our membership through recruitment in the tenants’ rights clinics and through neighborhood door knocking and outreach. We fight grassroots campaigns to win immigrant rights and housing rights and work toward building a larger movement for social transformation.
Home Defenders Leage
The Home Defenders League is a national movement of underwater homeowners and our allies fighting Wall Street to get back the wealth, equity, and future they stole from us.
The Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs is a coalition of grassroots activists and organizations, union and religious leaders, farmers, politicians, and concerned individuals from across Michigan that formed in the late 2007 to fight against the foreclosure epidemic brought on by the banks which has devastated our state and the entire country.
We believe that a right to decent, affordable housing is a fundamental human right that supersedes the “property rights” of the banks.
The Moratorium NOW! Coalition combines direct action stop foreclosures and evictions with a political struggle for a moratorium to halt all foreclosures modeled on the 1930’s foreclosure moratoriums won in 27 states through community action. We have been instrumental in stopping many foreclosures and evictions since early 2008, utilizing an approach that combines court proceedings in combination with demonstrations at banks and homes, mass email and phone campaigns, and move-ins of those who are evicted.
Picture the Homeless
Picture the Homeless is an organization founded on the principle that in order to end homelessness, people who are homeless must become an organized, effective voice for systemic change. We have a track record of developing leadership among homeless people to impact policies and systems that affect their lives and our efforts have created space for homeless people, and their agenda, within the broader social justice movement.
Ohio Fraudclosure Blog
This blog was created as a forum and on-line gathering place for HOMEOWNERS interested in helping fight the FRAUD in foreclosure. We want visitors to use this site as a place “to meet” and a “resource” for the most current information, recent court rulings and case law updates. You are NOT alone in this battle! We will help you in the fight against the Foreclosure Machines (Foreclosure Mill Attorneys, Robo-Signers, FRAUDulent Trusts or Trustees)
Take Back the Land
The Take Back the Land- Movement is a national network of organizations dedicated to elevating housing to the level of a human right and securing community control over land. The Movement must be led by impacted communities and is firmly rooted in ‘Positive Action’ campaigns, including those which break the immoral laws which allow banks to gain billions in profit while human beings are made homeless.
Springfield No One Leaves
We mobilize tenants and former homeowners living in recently or about to be foreclosed homes (bank tenants) to stop evictions, protect Springfield’s housing and communities, and mobilize bank tenants to fight back against major lending institutions and banks that are tearing our communities apart.
City Life/Vida Urbana
City Life/Vida Urbana is a 38-year-old bilingual, community organization whose mission is to fight for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power through direct action, coalition building, education and advocacy. In organizing poor and working class people of diverse race and nationalities, we promote individual empowerment, develop community leaders, and are building a movement to effect systemic change and transform society. Our roots are in promoting tenant rights and preventing housing displacement. In response to the devastating impact of the foreclosure crisis on communities in Boston, we launched a major campaign in 2007, the Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense campaign to help keep people facing foreclosure in their homes. Victories won by hundreds of organized families have created public and political pressure which is driving legislative reform and has inspired the emergence of similar campaigns across the region.
Supporting, Informing & Connecting People in Foreclosure
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) is a statewide community organization working with thousands of members in eleven counties creating transformative change by helping ordinary citizens to organize and take action.
California is host to the world’s eighth largest economy, yet every day more and more Californians are losing their jobs, falling further behind on their rent or mortgage payments and sending their kids to failing schools. ACCE is dedicated to raising the voices of everyday Californians, neighborhood by neighborhood, so that our children have stronger communities and expanded opportunities.
4closureFraud.org was created to help anyone who decided to look for the truth against the frauds that have been perpetrated on Americans facing the loss of everything they ever had.
Not An Alternative
Not An Alternative is a hybrid arts collective and non-profit organization with a mission to affect popular understandings of events, symbols, and history. We curate and produce work that questions and leverages the tools of advertising, architecture, exhibit design, branding, and public relations.
Citizen Engagement Lab
Citizen Engagement Lab incubates tech-savvy, people-powered organizing initiatives, facilitates collaboration across these initiatives, and evolves the model of technology-fueled organizing.
CEL is a technology and media ally working with OccupyOurHomes.org and Matt Browner-Hamlin, a senior economic strategist at CEL, is organizing in support of this movement.
New York Communities for Change
New York Communities for Change is a coalition of working families in low and moderate income communities fighting for social and economic justice throughout New York State. By using direct action, legislative advocacy, and community organizing, NY Communities’ members work to impact the political and economic policies that directly affect us. Through neighborhood chapters and issue-based committees, we are working to ensure that every family throughout New York has access to quality schools, affordable housing, and good jobs. It is through the power-in-numbers approach that NY Communities is able to win REAL change for our towns and neighborhoods.
Rebuild the Dream
Rebuild the Dream is an engine helping to drive the 21st-century movement to renew the American Dream. We harness the power of media and technology to mobilize, organize, and broaden the base of people working to fix America’s economy and restore our democracy. We are designed to align smart action among various champions and constituencies, at the national and grassroots level.
VOCAL – New York
Voices Of Community Advocates & Leaders (VOCAL) is a statewide grassroots membership organization building power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug war and mass incarceration, along with the organizations that serve us, to create healthy and just communities. We accomplish this through community organizing, leadership development, public education, participatory research and direct action.
MortgageFraud in North Carolina
MortgageFraud in North Carolina is a website designed to empower Homeowners in the state of North Carolina with the knowledge and a forum to defend our homes from fraudulent and illegal mortgages, foreclosures and evictions. The fight for our homes is still ongoing today. Please join our Grass Roots Movement to bring awareness and stop these criminal acts.
The Occupied Wall Street Journal
The Occupied Wall Street Journal, an OWS affinity group, is one of many media projects participating in the Occupy movement.
Project REconomy empowers people to stop the siphon of money and resources from our communities to Wall Street by stopping foreclosures and creating an economy that works for all.