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Texas A&M University School of Law

Housing Law

2015

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Occupying The Constitutional Right To Housing, Lisa T. Alexander Oct 2015

Occupying The Constitutional Right To Housing, Lisa T. Alexander

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The United States does not recognize a formal legal right to housing. Yet, the right to housing is alive in America. Using qualitative interviews and case studies, this Article is the first to argue that recent American housing rights movements, such as the Occupy Movements, Take Back the Land movements, and Home Defenders’ League, give legal meaning to an American constitutional right to housing. These social movements represent the right to housing in American law when they occupy and retain vacant and real estate–owned homes, defend home owners and renters from illegal evictions and foreclosures, encourage municipalities to use eminent …