Housing for the Homeless, Not the Speculators!

This interactive workshop will explore the broad theme of speculation in the global city through the specific example of empty apartment buildings and vacant lots held off the market by their owners in New York. The intersectionality of abandonment, gentrification, race and homelessness will be explored. We will share strategies to reclaim vacant properties as a mechanism to assert a popular community development practice that benefits poor and homeless people. Since documenting that there are enough vacant properties in Manhattan to house every homeless person in the five boroughs, a growing movement of homeless people and their allies demand that they be developed as low-income housing specifically for the homeless. The multimedia presentation will include short videos, a panel of Picture the Homeless members, and discussion with the audience.