Author: Simon Swartzman

Simon Swartzman is a volunteer with Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction, organizing with his neighbors in Chicago against debt and for the human right to housing.

Collective Homeownership

As the housing crisis plows through our neighborhoods, it leaves behind the same bleak scenes. The former owner separated from her home, her neighbors, her children’s schools, and possibly her children themselves ― a tragedy anonymous to millions of analogous others across the country. Neighbors staring down the dead, wall-eyed windows of the vacant homes on their block and seeing the promise of rising crime and falling attendance at block parties.