From the 2008 foreclosure crisis through the COVID-19 pandemic, corporate landlords have seized on disasters in our communities, especially communities of color, to squeeze renters, neighborhoods, and cities for maximum profit.
Decades of privatization has caused housing inequity to be one of the biggest issues facing communities today. Housing in the United States has always been deeply gendered and racialized, with women and people of color long denied access to quality housing. As people struggle to cover ever increasing housing costs, corporate landlords’ already massive real estate investment portfolios continue to grow.
At ACRE, we are working to build tenant power to oppose corporate landlords and the financialization of housing, which stands in the way of housing justice for all of us. We work with grassroots groups and national networks to build a world where housing is considered a public good, and isn’t treated as a commodity. We fight for a future where everyone has access to beautiful, quality, truly affordable homes.
Related reports & projects:
- Read our May 2022 report on how the National Rental Home Council is led by corporations with concerning track records on evictions, rent increases, exorbitant fines & fees, dangerous underinvestment in maintenance, and more: The National Rental Home Council: How America’s Largest Single-Family Landlords Put Profit Over People
- Read our Deputy Campaign Director Sofia Lopez’s testimony to the House Financial Services Committee on the National Rental Home Council’s destructive impact on the single-family rental industry and watch her testify at a June 2022 virtual hearing
- Check out our Deputy Campaign Director Sofia Lopez’s testimony to the Senate Banking Committee on private equity landlords and watch her testify at an October 2021 virtual hearing.
- In May 2020, we called on corporate landlords to cancel rent, mortgages, and utilities for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more in our report: Make them Pay