The housing crisis is nationwide. For a quick overview see Jamelle Bouie’s April 2021 New York Times opinion piece, Where Are the Least Fortunate Americans Supposed to Live? To see what’s happening at the grassroots in NYS, check out Housing Justice for All, a campaign for stronger tenant protections, an end to evictions, and an end to homelessness.
The campaign is led by the Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance, a coalition of tenants, homeless people, manufactured housing residents, and advocates. Members represent Long Island, NYC, Westchester, the mid-Hudson Valley, the Capital Region, the Southern Tier, the Mohawk Valley, and Western NY.
For a deeper dive, try one of these books published in 2019.
Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream Aaron Glantz (432 pp) reports on a heart-wrenching investigation into America’s housing crisis and the modern-day robber barons who are making a fortune off the backs of the disenfranchised.
Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (368 pp) uncovers how exploitative real estate practices continued even after redlining and other housing discrimination were banned. For a summary, see Taylor’s Q&A with The Nation, There Is No Housing Crisis: It’s Just Housing Under Capitalism.