Out (then back in) on Front Street

April 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Posted in News | 2 Comments
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I’ll be honest, when I read this article, I’m just not sure what to think. Not of the situation, or the circumstances, which I think are completely absurd, but of the article itself.

The story chronicles a group of organizations across the country that are actively moving homeless people into foreclosed homes, and then counting on the local Sheriff’s departments to be too overwhelmed or constrained by paperwork to do anything about it. These groups, they have websites. They advertise. They are now the subject of an article in the New York Times.

And still they taunt. They mock. And, maybe I’m just reading this wrong, but it seems as if the article is on their side.

Thing is, and I know, I know, it’s not nice to pick on homeless people, but these people? They are stealing. Yes, they are stealing out of need, and they are stealing from great big (formerly) wealthy organizations (the banks), but still…stealing. And these organizations? These well-organized, funded, public organizations? They are assisting in the stealing. They are stealing professionally, and openly.

And they are taking interviews about it.



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  1. I wonder if now that these people have their picture posted on the internet, if some policeman might just read it and decide he should do something about it? Maybe it should be a priority?!??!?!

  2. This is called “squatting” and it’s been around for years in England. For some reason I can’t get my knickers in a twist about it. When you don’t have a roof over your head, one’s priorities change.

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