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House the Homeless in Vacant and Abandoned Buildings | TAKE ACTION!


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: President Obama, House of Representatives, U.S.Senate, house the homeless, vacant houses/warehouses/factories, save lives, cold winter, poverty, Take Action! )

Judy
- 1338 days ago - uspoverty.change.org
Huge number of homeless people die of exposure every winter in the cities in the north part of the U,S.. In many of the cities, there are hundreds of vacant and abandoned houses, factories, or warehouses. that could be used to house and protect them.



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Beverly L. (72)
Thursday November 11, 2010, 3:08 pm
Happily noted and signed. Even in our small town there are several vacant buildings not being used for anything ~ this would be such a great idea, especially with the colder weather coming!
 

. (0)
Thursday November 11, 2010, 3:24 pm
Establishing and maintaining homeless shelters isn't cheap - even if it's just 'vacant' or 'abandoned' buildings that have to be bought to provide the housing.

The sad thing is that even when people want to help on a personal level there are problems with regard to personal liability.

My grandmother had a 'servant's house' behind her house (a little house with one big room, a small kitchen, and a bathroom.) She wasn't using it and wanted to allow homeless families to live there until they got back on their feet. But after talking with her lawyer she had to change her mind - since if any of those homeless people happened to be injured on her property she might be liable financially for damages. And since allowing them to live there temporarily might end up giving them certain legal rights when she wanted to ask them to move on - and she might be stuck being forced to allow them to stay past the deadline she planned to set. Then, of course, there was the problem of what would happen if they damaged the property - obviously they would have no money to pay for the repairs.
 

Robert C. (7)
Friday November 12, 2010, 11:21 pm
I'd be happy if they'd just leave the homeless alone when they're trying to occupy abandoned structures. That's the very least we could do. Instead, we have the police treat them like they're criminals.
 
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