Oversimplification at its best…

BoingBoing has a featured story on people in North Carolina moving homeless people into foreclosed homes. The dude interviewed, in my honest opinion, (and we all know I can be pretty liberal most of the time) has some sort of Hero or Robin Hood complex. I understand what he is trying to do, and it is a positive thing, but the idea that there is no mention of keeping the houses up to code, waste removal, plumbing, heating or cooling makes me think that this is oversimplifying a situation that, at one time may have been but is no longer, simple.

closequote“We’re matching homeless people with peopleless homes,” he said with a grin. [Max] Rameau and a group of like-minded advocates formed Take Back the Land, which also helps the new “tenants” with secondhand furniture, cleaning supplies and yard upkeep. So far, he has moved six families into foreclosed homes and has nine on a waiting list.closequote

Also, on another note, what about the people who have lost these homes to the banks/poor economy in the first place. Shouldn’t they get to squat somewhere as well? They’re the ones who have lost something they’ve maintained and lived in previously for the homeless families to move into in the first place. I get what these people are trying to do and the statement they making and it is good, but in the world we live in today it is something that is just too complicated. This is one thing that I would normally think was cool but I just can’t see the justification for… maybe I’m getting older…


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3 Responses to “Oversimplification at its best…”

  1. unexpectedthankyou Says:

    You are right on. Sometimes the idea is so good that we don’t work out the details.

  2. Schevus Says:

    I’m struck by the thought of a family being forced out of their home by foreclosure and moving back in through this program.

    Do they mention if this is a legal activity? How do they obtain use of these houses?

    – Schev

    • arielviews Says:

      As far as I know, at least from the article, is that it is highly illegal. The guy in charge even states that he doesn’t care if he goes to jail, which, I think, just adds to his own naiveté and ignorance of the bigger picture. Thanks for the comment.

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