“Affordable” is a dirty word when talking about housing. Why? The phrase “affordable housing” sends people’s minds into a skid. You lose control in a skid. Affordable is for other people, not you. It means Section 8 and that means the neighborhood going to hell. Funny thing though. “Affordable” in the context of housing means not spending … Continue reading Housing’s Dirty Word: Affordable
Cooperatively, we have the potential to relate with each other in a new and supportive ways by remedying the market’s utter failure to provide nourishing food, housing, health care and education, and the care of our most vulnerable populations: the young, the elderly, the disabled and veterans.
How nervous are you? Our polarized politics, and amnesia about prior debt ceilings, prohibits prohibits sane, reasoned debate about taxes, light bulbs (!#?!#) and everything in between. This has many people staring at their own ceiling (if they still have one) when they should be sleeping. Clearly, neither our government, nor the corporations that actually call the … Continue reading Polarized Politics / Sleepless Nation
Stressed? Need to make ends meet? 15.5 million Americans are doubling up, an increase of 11.7 percent since 2008. Living with others is the fastest way to trim your biggest budget item: housing expense. Moving in with family members is the most obvious choice, but it may not be the best one. Here are some … Continue reading Do Try This at Home: Home Sharing
Two men drowning in a puddle of water is not an obscure dream. Walking along a sidewalk and reading, I glanced down and saw a large bird that had drowned in a puddle of water. It looked exactly like the ones from the BP Horizon oil spill, limp neck and all. Then I saw two black … Continue reading I had a nightmare
In Viroqua, Wisconsin people go to the hospital to have babies and mend bodies but, typically not to the emergency room with mental health issues. Emergency room visits have declined since Center Point Counseling, a worker owned co-op, opened in 2011. With a staff of 14 mental health workers, including a psychiatrist, an equine therapist, and … Continue reading A Social Service Co-op Could Make for Healthy Communities