Rick Paulas

Homelessness

Homeless People Are Taking Over Vacant Homes to Escape the Coronavirus

“The LA mayor put a shelter-in-place order, but how am I supposed to wash my hands without a house?”
Rick Paulas
6.19.20
housing

'We’re on Our Own': Working in a Homeless Shelter Is a Nightmare Right Now

Employees say they aren't allowed to take days off and aren't given protective equipment even while working in spaces where the coronavirus is likely to spread.
Rick Paulas
4.16.20
housing

Homeless People Need Shelter. Hotels Are Empty. Why Aren’t Cities Acting?

Advocates are calling on governments to give homeless people the ability to self-isolate and keep themselves safe.
Rick Paulas
4.3.20
housing

The Coronavirus Shutdown Is a Disaster for Homeless People

As public spaces like libraries close, life has become unimaginably hard for those without housing.
Rick Paulas
3.23.20
The Stupid Issue

From Pubes to Healthcare: The Stupid Brilliance of Sarah Squirm

The body-horror artist and comedian discusses her comedy show, the experiment of Los Angeles, ‘Uncut Gems,’ and Bernie Sanders.
Rick Paulas
3.9.20
housing

Encampment Sweeps Take Away Homeless People's Most Important Belongings

Crystal had her dad’s ashes taken from her, Angel had pictures of his daughter taken away, Veronica had her phone, stove, paperwork, makeup and grandma’s jewelry all tossed away.
Rick Paulas
3.4.20
housing

This Is Why Homeless People Don't Go to Shelters

Cities have tried to move people from encampments on the streets to shelters, but the truth is many of them have good reasons not to go.
Rick Paulas
2.24.20
housing

Instead of Helping Homeless People, Cities Are Bussing Them Out of Town

"If you look at the logical extension of what’s going on, whether it’s a move-along law or one-way bus ticket, it’s 'let’s erase people, let’s render them invisible.'"
Rick Paulas
2.13.20
housing

I Fought My Landlord When My Heat Went Out—and Won

Rent strikes work. Here's how to go about organizing one if you ever need to.
Rick Paulas
2.7.20
housing

The Black Moms Who Occupied a Vacant House and Became Icons of the Homelessness Crisis

They took over a vacant home and in a few short weeks were the center of a debate about poverty, race, and homelessness. Then the cops showed up.
Rick Paulas
1.15.20
money-inequality

Buttigieg's Version of America Is Basically a Caste System

He's a Harvard graduate, but his mayorship of a private university-dominated town tells us more about his strange take on free college.
Rick Paulas
12.5.19
money-housing

Actually Supporting Homeless People Does Not Mean Housing Them Yourself

A brief guide to the absurd, circular logic of people who don't want to deal with homelessness.
Rick Paulas
11.18.19
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