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    Paul Merrill

    I *totally* agree with you!

    However, I have thought there must be some legal way for those empty homes to be used. One example is what my in-laws did. They sold their home recently. Until it was sold, a tenant lived there for next to nothing. She paid the utilities and kept it occupied till there was a showing. It was a win-win.

    carolross

    Yes, the situation you describe is a win-win. The important difference is that the owners *chose* to bring someone in and who to bring in and what to charge. I'm all for making use of idle resources, when there is consent from the appropriate stakeholders. My blood pressure goes up when someone or some entity decides they know best how to use resources that I own, without my permission. (Hey, I think I'm starting to sound like a Libertarian....)

    Thanks for helping to make that clarification.

    Fred H Schlegel

    Ode sounds like he is trying to be a folk hero - but I don't see what risk he is taking for the cause. The squatters are 'informed' of potentially serious consequences but are so desperate they'll do anything to find short term solutions. Folks in that situation often don't hear or evaluate risks clearly. I think that finding ways to use empty property makes a lot of sense, but it would be nice if all involved found ways to make it happen and not push already desperate folks into potentially riskier situations.

    carolross

    Thanks for your comment, Fred. While I can understand desperate people doing desperate things, I don't believe that means abdicating judgment or personal responsibility. What does it say about how we view homeless people when we have to worry about "pushing them into potentially riskier situations?" I'd like to think that all of us, those with a place to live and those who do not, have the capacity to make good decisions.

    I appreciate the dialogue and how this has sharpened my thinking.

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