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1948 Revisited in a Different Way

Positive Future #199 (Feature photo – The American Home – Public Domain) In 1948, the United Nations proclaimed that the right to food was a basic human right. This contrasts to modern economic processes that say the right to a job and a livelihood is not a human right – thus 50 million Americans must rely on public and private assistance. Now the focus is on access to affordable housing. With far more people than there are affordable housing choices, many folks are falling through the cracks. Should affordable housing be a basic human right? An article appeared on Curbed that goes into the issues and uncovers a national movement…

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Are You a Homeowner?

Positive Future #185 (Feature photo – The American Dream – (Public Domain) The Harvard Center for Housing Studies just released some numbers comparing housing from 1988 to 2017. In short, Americans were better off in 1988 than today. For perspective, the U.S. population in 1988 was 245 million and the U.S. population today is 327 Million. Here are some of the differences: In 1988 there was a house for sale for every 113 people. In 2017 there was a house for sale for every 253 people. There were 355,000 fewer housing units built in 2017 than in 1988. In 1988, 6.3 percent of student loan borrowers owed over $50,000 in…

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