Rockford Construction and the Politics of Displacement

Rockford Construction and the Politics of Displacement
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
The current housing crisis is happening all across the globe, throughout the United States and particularly in Grand Rapids.screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-1-55-36-pm

People are faced with rising rental costs, a sky rocketing of the price tag for homes to buy, an increase in evictions and foreclosures are still a major issue in many cities.

People are feeling the effects if gentrification, which includes increase costs to live in a specific area, along with various forms of displacement. People are being displaced from their place of residence in two major ways. First, people are being displaced because of the cost of property taxes or the cost of rent has increased significantly in recent years and they can no longer afford it. People should not be paying more than 30% of their income on housing, yet the reality is that more and more people are paying 40, even 50% of their income on housing. This is particularly the case within communities of color, since those communities are experiencing higher rates of gentrification and because on average they make less than White people do in this society.

The second major factor in housing displacement is the physical destruction, the demolition of housing.

Read the full blog post: https://griid.org/2016/10/25/rockford-construction-and-the-politics-of-displacement/#like-24858

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

The current housing crisis is happening all across the globe, throughout the United States and particularly in Grand Rapids.screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-1-55-36-pm

People are faced with rising rental costs, a sky rocketing of the price tag for homes to buy, an increase in evictions and foreclosures are still a major issue in many cities.

People are feeling the effects if gentrification, which includes increase costs to live in a specific area, along with various forms of displacement. People are being displaced from their place of residence in two major ways. First, people are being displaced because of the cost of property taxes or the cost of rent has increased significantly in recent years and they can no longer afford it. People should not be paying more than 30% of their income on housing, yet the reality is that more and more people are paying 40, even 50% of their income on housing. This…

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