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There's also a cash flow problem for a local community that wants to pursue this option ... these homes were often designed for cheapest construction costs rather than for the cheapest upkeep, after all, and putting homeless people in the abandoned homes places another financial burden on communities that are facing declining tax bases on top of the impacts of the recession.

It occurs to me, after frequently riding by a failed medium box retailer in town, that it might well be easier to create financially affordable shelters inside a failed medium box retail building, sheltered from the elements ... indeed, if combined with community truck gardens, the front part could sell community grown fresh produce, while the back part has shelters that can be rented with part of the income from working in the community garden and other local community work.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Jun 17th, 2009 at 04:45:01 PM EST
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Maintenance is a problem, and consolidating the footprint is a good thing.  But when we have families that are homeless because they couldn't afford an exorbitant mortgage, but who still qualify for un-employment and welfare and who still have a car, placing them in viable abandoned or foreclosed properties on condition of basic maintenance might be a good option.  Some may be able to provide child care for others who might find permanent, part time or occasional work.  Provision of home health care, transportation, shopping, etc. for the elderly, with appropriate supervision, could be a possibility.  The idea would be to pay the equivalent of rent in useful social services that would otherwise be unaffordable.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jun 17th, 2009 at 07:19:14 PM EST
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