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‘We Don’t Want Shelter, We Want Homes’

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Dominique Walker, a member of Moms 4 Housing, sits in a West Oakland home that's been vacant for two years. Walker and other homeless mothers have been occupying the home since November 2019.  (Ericka Cruz Guevarra/KQED)

The fight over housing rights took a turn recently when two homeless moms occupied a vacant three-bedroom home in West Oakland with their children. Their group, Moms 4 Housing, wants the city to make it possible for people like them to lawfully occupy some of the thousands of empty homes owned by out-of-town corporations. But until then, they’ll squat. It’s a test case to see what the city will do, before more homeless activists try similar tactics.

Guest: Dominique Walker, Moms 4 Housing

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