Non-Profits versus Profit Maximization: For a New Social Housing Policy

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to read the articles by Heidrun Bluhm and Andrej Holm translated from the German, click on
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/06/432565.shtml

Cooperation and competition strengthen each other. Creating a non-profit or cooperative housing sector is the only remedy to gentrification and commodification as rental prices go through the roof. Social blindness and market failure are everywhere in Germany and the US. There is recognition in Germany that privatizing social housing was a terrible mistake.

Housing as a human right is frequently subverted by the right of speculation in Germany, Switzerland and the US. Housing often mutates from a human and social necessity to a speculative asset.

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