Making It Home

Inside Our Summer Issue YES! Magazine Issue 62, Summer 2012

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The mess left by the real estate crash isn’t cleaned up yet; many are still losing their homes. But here and there people are rewriting the rules of ownership, changing their expectations about what “home” means, and creating houses that are affordable and sustainable.






New Visions

Solving today's big problems will take more than a quick fix. These authors offer clarity about the roots of our problems and visions of a better way.

Ella's House photo by Dawn Jenkins

Real Homes: Small, Frugal, and Green

After the real-estate crash, what do we call home? Adjust your expectations. It's not a slot machine or an investment. It's a place to live.

PLUS: Just the Facts: We've Got Some Big Houses ... That We Could Share.

Hometown Family photo by Stephen O'Byrne

How I Learned to Love My Hometown

How history and family brought three generations back to the Jersey town they'd forsaken.

PLUS: "The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are ..."
—Maya Angelou: Download the quote poster.

World and Community

New models that foster justice and real prosperity, and sustain the Earth's living systems. How can we bring these models to life and put them to work?

People Need Homes photo by Jeff Dunnicliff

Dear Bank of America, We're Not Leaving

Activists and homeowners say evictions have got to stop.

PHOTO ESSAY: A Patchwork Guide to the (Disappearing) Neighborhood.

Sleeping at Gates Foundation photo by Stuart Isett

Living on the Street, Fighting for Recognition

Homeless protesters force corporations to reckon with the recession.

Stroller photo by Todd Heisler for the New York Times

Cheaper Together: How Neighbors Invest in Community

Land trusts and cooperatives create shelter from the storms of the housing market.

Studying in House photo by Ann Gord

How to Build Green on a Budget

The challenge: build the greenest houses on earth—and make them affordable.

The Power of One

Stories of people who find their courage, open their hearts, and discover what it means to be human in today's world.

Interior Design photo by Corbyn Hightower

Renting With Style

How we found happiness in a run-down rental.

Is Owning Or Renting Better For You?

How to tell when it's smart to rent.

Breaking Open

Humor, storytelling, and the arts—taking you into unexpected spaces where business-as-usual breaks open into new possibilities.

Ella's House photo by Dawn Jenkins

6 Ideas for Sensible Homes

Small, supportive, recycled, and more.

How I Found Happiness in 130 Square Feet

VIDEO: Recycled homes:
Meet a contractor who would rather raid the dump than the lumber aisle.

S.J. Dunning photo by Tyra Dunning

After the Foreclosures, What We Leave Behind

In the wreckage, what's left of American dreams.

Neighborhood Friends photo by Cameron Karsten

Life is Easier With Friends Next Door

How to make an oasis of friendly neighbors and green living, even in a pricey city.

Also in the Summer 2012 Issue ...

Tanks in Snow photo courtesy of U.S. Army

The Real Reason the Military Is Going Green

U.S. armed forces are the world's No. 1 oil guzzler. Their concern about fossil fuel may shift the politics of climate change.

Heather Purser photo by Cameron Karsten

Standing Up for Marriage Rights—on the Reservation

Heather Purser set out to win gay marriage
rights within the Suquamish Tribe and found herself on a personal journey toward self-acceptance.