Housing Resources:

Following are all materials used in this housing curriculum: Introduction to the Housing Curriculum. – History of housing:

  • History of Housing PDF (single sheets) and handout— participants map their own housing experiences and that of their ancestors onto a general American history of housing

            Supplemental Resources

  • More than a roof (documentary by NESRI, about the national housing issue released in 2010) full documentary or small pieces; a lot about Hurricane Katrina; and housing around the country 50 min
  • Stories in Sound (audio documentary produced by Housing is a Human Right, a human rights organization based on NYC) people telling their stories about different housing challenges they face in Brooklyn, NY

2. – History of housing in Baltimore (Baltimore City Only)

  • History of Housing in Baltimore PPT and PDF— 60-slide powerpoint with notes on history of housing in Baltimore; contains a general history for non-Baltimore residents; useful slides for all Human Rights Educators

            Supplemental Resources

3. – Connections between housing and healthcare/health; as well other human rights (Statewide Chapters Only)

  • Graphic of expenses (needs to be printed in color or projected)– a graph showing the rising basic expenses over the last 13 years. Includes food, housing, apparel, transportaion, medical care, recreation, internet and phone, and college loans
  • Strength in the storm (VTWC documentary) ten minute segment– documentary of Hurricane Sandy; many people lost their houses in Vermont– the Vermont Workers’ Center, who had recently won Healthcare as a Human Right, fought to get these people back in housing. Documentary also describes what happens to people after they lose housing

            Supplemental Resources

  • Housing and Health (Extensive article (28 pp) about the direct connection between health and housing; includes a healthy environment as a key component)
  • Get sick, get out; foreclosures and medical debt PDF (study that PNHP uses to make the point that most foreclosures are related to medical debt)– extensive 41-page study on which the above article was based. Good for background material and for anyone wanting to delve deep
  • Strendth in the Stpr, (VTWC documentary) full documentary or small pieces– documentary of Hurricane Sandy; many people lost their houses in Vermont– the Vermont Workers’ Center, who had recently won Healthcare as a Human Right, fought to get these people back in housing. Documentary also describes what happens to people after they lose housing

4. – Crisis cause by debt and credit, how that is connected to the housing issue

  • Housing wage national and MD (page 1, 9-10 and 13-15 of study) (study by National Low Housing Coalition)– study showing that in order to make enough money to afford average housing in Maryland, a person must make $24 an hour; includes methodology and context; good material for renters
  • Graphic of expenses (needs to be printed in color or projected)– a graph showing the rising basic expenses over the last 13 years. Includes food, housing, apparel, transportaion, medical care, recreation, internet and phone, and college loans
  • Here’s What Happens When Wall Street Builds A Rental EmpireHuffington Post article, about big investors buying houses and then putting those houses in the rent market) How Wall Street has become the biggest slum-lord on record; this is taking place in suburbs, meaning housing has become an issue that affects everyone, not just the inner city.

            Supplemental Resources

  • Housing wages in MD (more extensive section of 300-page study by National Low Housing Coalition)– study showing that in order to make enough money to afford average housing in Maryland, a person must make $24 an hour; includes methodology and context; good material for renters

5. – Lessons learned and new vision:

  • Community Land Trusts (PPT); explains what a community land trust is, and why the United Workers is advocating this as a solution to Baltimore’s vacant housing; includes two graphics that explain the concept in a very simple, elegant way. (eight slides or so)

            Supplemental Resources

  • “Take-over” 1-hour movie or short videos– shows how homeless people in 8 cities did housing takeovers in a national action, and why we are not pursing our work in this way