|Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations, the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation.|
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I have often wondered, and worried, about children growing up in HOAs who watch their parents suffer at the hands of the HOA bullies. What is the message we are giving them? Will they be willing and able to fight to protect their homes and families when they are raising their children in these irrational and often abusive residential associations? Or will they simply roll over and hope the horrors end, believing this is normal? “This is just the way it is” or “They are all like this”, never realizing they can fight back and they can make life better for all concerned?
Imagine my delight when I ran across an article penned by a college student and published in the college newspaper, The Advocate. The article is titled; Illegal evictions harm families, neighborhoods.
I had to find out more about it.
Jessica Suico joins us On The Commons. Jessica is a second year student at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California. She is majoring in journalism and works on The Advocate, the college newsletter. The paper normally reports on all things college related, new classes, upcoming events on campus and other news items or topics of interest that would affect student life. Jessica’s article is a little out of the norm for her paper but, I believe, so very important. She witnessed the harassment and subsequent eviction of her mother and aunt from their home. She also saw the frustration as her mother and aunt exhausted all venues seeking non existing help for people in similar situations. They may have been able to get some help had they known where to look. That has to be part of the education. However, in the end, a couple of elderly ladies who have had health problems were evicted, ended up in the hospital and rendered homeless. Using the college newspaper was an excellent way of, not only getting the story out, but also of education other young college students who will be facing similar problems unless we stop the bleeding in private residential America SOON.
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