11 December 2008

Foreclosed Homes Shelter Homeless

Sheriff Jones in Butler County has stopped evictions, and then this interesting article in USA Today:
...a homeless advocate, runs a controversial program in Miami that helps families squat in homes vacated because of bank foreclosures. Using Internet listings and a team of volunteers, Rameau and his Take Back the Land foundation matches homeless families with empty homes.

...he doesn't choose homeless residents with severe problems. Families selected for squatting are required to pay to turn on the electricity and water, he says. The family lives in the house until they save enough to move into another home or until the owners show up with police and force them out — whichever comes first, he says.
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Advocates in Cleveland are trying to use city money to buy abandoned homes and rent them to the homeless...

4 comments:

Thankful Paul said...

Wishing you and yours much love, peace, and happiness!

Paul Wilham said...

I really have to wonder how they get utilities turned on without some proof of ownership. Not to mention the severe liability issues. If this group is a not for profit (501 C-3) they are involved in illegal activity and should lose their status. Foreclosures are a huge problem and they are hard enough to sell, just imagine the added problem of having to deal with an eviction just to sell a house!

Quim said...

um
How do they get in ?

columbus exile said...

Ya this is a little nuts. I can't see them getting the blessing of whoever owns the house to let this go on.

Kind of funny how if a non-profit is involved its a charitable act. Without the non-profit your a squatting bum!