Uprising: Housing Crisis
Eviction of the unhoused emergency tent encampments under the I-70 and I-44 overpasses.
As layoffs and furloughs continue through the coronavirus-induced recession and eviction moratoriums are being lifted, the U.S. is facing a major housing crisis. In St. Louis, people have been holding rallies and occupying City Hall to call for a moratorium on evictions for tenants and unhoused people alike, and framing this demand as a racial equity issue. So in this episode, we trace the story of two tent encampments: one occupied by people who are unhoused under an overpass and one occupied by activists and advocates at St. Louis City Hall. We also hear from the executive director and community engagement specialist of a fair housing enforcement agency about what racial equity means during a housing crisis.
Occupy City Hall STL tent encampment with reflections written by activists in marker on a large roll of butcher paper in front of St. Louis City Hall.