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Legally Occupy is intended to be a clearinghouse that legally and permanently matches households needing shelter with vacant and abandoned structures. Inspired by the Occupy Our Homes movements across America, the goal of Legally Occupy is to harness the various resources available (e.g. land trusts, TIF funding, etc.) so that vacant and abandoned properties can be sustainably developed into vibrant, ecologically sustainable communities with an abundant proportion of affordable housing.

More information is available by reading my blog post entitled "Sustainability and Affordable Housing: Maybe Occupy Is Onto Something"

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(Health Care) Change Is Coming: Strategies for 2013

Posted December 16th, 2012 by legallyoccupy • permalink

Health and wellness are essential elements of a socially just society.  This report, entitled  (Health Care) Change Is Coming: Strategies for 2013, written by Audrey Henderson and published on the HealthWorks Collective website, helps bridge the gap until the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in 2014.

 

 

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Seeking Input on Available Amenities and Resources in Bronzeville

Posted December 11th, 2012 by legallyoccupy • permalink

Do you live in and around the Bronzeville area, or do you know the area well? I am seeking input for possible amenities and resources to include in the database for the HViAB test platform focused on Bronzeville. Please comment here or through the notice posted on EveryBlock.   Thanks!

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What Is the (True) Value of a Vacant or Abandoned Building?

Posted December 8th, 2012 by legallyoccupy • permalink
Abandoned South Side House

What looks like a shack may be a jewel in the rough. Photo credit: Audrey F. Henderson, All Rights Reserved.

 

What looks like a dilapidated, falling down shack to the uninformed eye may actually be a jewel in the rough:   close to transportation, good schools and cultural outlets. The Hidden Value in Abandoned Buildings platform is a web-based tool (which also works on iPads) that, once it is fully developed, will serve as a rich database to illustrate the amenities and resources present in close proximity to many vacant and abandoned buildings in Bronzeville, located on the near south side of Chicago.  I am seeking funding to further develop the database and refine the tool. Donations of all sizes are welcome!

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Legally Occupy Chicagoland SignOn Petition — Please Sign!

Posted November 18th, 2012 by legallyoccupy • permalink

In my ongoing search for stable housing, I realized that there are numerous vacant residential and commercial structures that could provide shelter and revitalize neighborhoods — if they were inhabited. Instead, they stand empty, blighting their neighborhoods and mocking those facing housing instability. But there is no clearinghouse structure to make this happen

That’s why I created a petition to present to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Senator Richard Durbin,  Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky and President Barack Obama.

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

http://signon.org/sign/legally-occupy-chicagoland?source=c.em.cp&r_by=

Thanks!

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Hidden Value In Abandoned Buildings

Posted November 12th, 2012 by dana • permalink

One aspect of Legally Occupy is to develop a platform that communities can use to revitalize their communities by redeveloping vacant and abandoned structures. The Platform is called Hidden Value in Abandoned Buildings and illustrates available resources and amenities within a half-mile radius of a given address.  Check out the demonstration model first submitted to the Urban Sustainability Hackathon, hosted by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, where it won a runner-up prize.

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Minutes are forthcoming

Posted July 27th, 2012 by greggsky • permalink

The information here is from the Occupy.net wiki. Use the wiki to document everything pertaining to your Hub. Wikis are a powerful way to share content and document the processes for the work you are engaged in.

Legally Occupy is organizing using an InterOccupy Hub.
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Legally Occupy is intended to be a clearinghouse that legally and permanently matches households needing shelter with vacant and abandoned structures. Inspired by the Occupy Our Homes movements across America, the goal of Legally Occupy is to harness the various resources available (e.g. land trusts, TIF funding, etc.) so that vacant and abandoned properties can be sustainably developed into vibrant, ecologically sustainable communities with an abundant proportion of affordable housing. More information is available by reading my blog post entitled "Sustainability and Affordable Housing: Maybe Occupy Is Onto Something" (http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/audrey-henderson/41668/sustainability-and-affordable-housing-maybe-occupy-something).

source: http://wiki.occupy.net/wiki/Legally_Occupy

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