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There are more than five times as many vacant homes in the U.S. as there are homeless people

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There are more than five times as many vacant homes in the U.S. as there are homeless people, according to Amnesty International USA. Since 2007, banks have shuttered about 8 million American houses, almost doubling the previous number, while 3.5 million homeless shiver in the cold. Experts expect 8 million to 10 million more foreclosures in the years ahead. —ARK



In the last few days, the U.S. government census figures have revealed that 1 in 2 Americans have fallen into poverty or are struggling to live on low incomes. And we know that the financial hardships faced by our neighbors, colleagues, and others in our communities will be all the more acutely felt over the holiday season.

Along with poverty and low incomes, the foreclosure rate has created its own crisis situation as the number of families removed from their homes has skyrocketed.

Since 2007, banks have foreclosed around eight million homes. It is estimated that another eight to ten million homes will be foreclosed before the financial crisis is over.  This approach to resolving one part of the financial crisis means many, many families are living without adequate and secure housing.  In addition, approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are homeless, many of them veterans.  It is worth noting that, at the same time, there are 18.5 million vacant homes in the country.

Posted by Anonymous on Jun. 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM
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by Anonymous 2 on Jun. 29, 2014 at 3:49 PM
People....corporations....care more about money than their fellow man. Until that changes, this will only get worse.
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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

BUMP!

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by Anonymous 3 on Jun. 30, 2014 at 2:02 PM

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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Nobody cares if our streets are filled with homeless veterans?

Good to know.

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by Anonymous 4 on Jun. 30, 2014 at 2:04 PM
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So now on top of free medical,  free food,  and free money you also feel the needy deserve free houses of their choosing even if someone else owns it?  That's not entitled at all!

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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM
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So now on top of free medical,  free food,  and free money you also feel the needy deserve free houses of their choosing even if someone else owns it?  That's not entitled at all!

I expect that if people go out and risk their lives and bodies to do the bidding of our government, they should not come home to living on the streets because our banks are too greedy to let them live anywhere.

sarbear8508
by Platinum Member on Jun. 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM
I don't think anyone is saying to give anyone a free house. It's really sad that there are so many homeless veterans though. They served our country and this is where some end up. But criminals in jail get more meals than homeless vets. Somethings definitely backwards.

Quoting Anonymous:

So now on top of free medical,  free food,  and free money you also feel the needy deserve free houses of their choosing even if someone else owns it?  That's not entitled at all!

yabbadabba07
by Silver Member on Jun. 30, 2014 at 2:10 PM
It's in the best interests of the community and our county to have those homes occupied. If we could create more programs helping to get people employed, in a stable home, and contributing that would be an amazing thing. Obviously I'm not saying every home should be " given" away but there are homes that the banks could easily let go of. Have volunteers help fix the homes, etc.. Look at Detroit with whole city blocks that are vacant.
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by Anonymous 5 on Jun. 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM

My family is one of those homeless.  We are living in an unfinished basement.  we know several people who have been squating in different places for a while, cant get ahead.  


We were renting & the house was forclosed on.  We tried to buy it, Wells fargo would rather have it be empty then us buy it & rent out the other apartments.  Now they have to tear it down as it has no septic or ability to get any as the septic was on a different piece of property still owed by the original owners.  The original owners would have sold us the septic property to us but will not to whomever buys the place now nor to Wells Fargo.  Its been sitting empty for about 6 m now.  All the windows have been broken out, the copper stolen all the pipes burst this winter.  It was a nice 3 flat, now its only demolishable.  

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by Anonymous 6 on Jun. 30, 2014 at 2:13 PM
Hyperbole. Our streets aren't filled with homeless veterans.

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Nobody cares if our streets are filled with homeless veterans?

Good to know.

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