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You need a lot of money to do it, because the cost of maintaining a home has to be subsidized, and obviously, this cost, even for families without a mortgage, is really significant. Once you update a home and make it habitable, it's worth say $50-75k. Heat at $5k a year, electric at $1.5k, water, sewage and trash at $3k, property taxes another $3k. Another $1k in home insurance. You need $14k a year to simply maintain a home, and this doesn't cover maintenance!
by Upstate NY on Fri Jun 19th, 2009 at 03:20:44 PM EST
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That's $135/week if its split into two residences, or 17 hours at $8/hour, $90/week if its split into three, or 12 hours at $8/hour, plus the materials for the reconstruction and maintenance and the labor share that goes into that.

Evidently the system would require ongoing employment of some form in order to keep going, though the bulldozing of some neighborhoods would open up the possibility of truck gardening for some of that.


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 Fri Jun 19th, 2009 at 05:09:02 PM EST
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But we're talking about a homeless population, correct?

There is Section 8 housing all over my city, no shortage of it. If you do the math: welfare + section 8 housing, you come out ahead by going through the Feds.

I guess the Feds themselves could make these homes into Sec. 8, but in my area HUD always prefers big apartment buildings. I rarely see Sec. 8 homes.

by Upstate NY on Fri Jun 19th, 2009 at 06:30:21 PM EST
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... population. Economically homeless, rather than the homeless populations created by the closure of long term mental care facilities and by family break-ups, often involving violence against women.

There's a certain amount that can be done by leveraging existing federal government programs. But obviously federal government programs are always designed with the objective of only taking care of a part of the problem at hand ... or at least, over the past thirty years they have been.

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 Fri Jun 19th, 2009 at 06:41:31 PM EST
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