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happy_liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 11:37 AM
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18.6 Million Empty Homes In America, 3.5 million homeless
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And this was in 2008!



"Today Reuters reported that due to the sub-prime mortgage crisis and the dramatic rise in foreclosures of owner-occupied housing, America now has a record number of vacant homes across the country for the first quarter of this year. In discussing the rise in the share of vacant homes, the Reuters article, by Joanne Morrison, casually dropped a bomb: the total number of vacant U.S. properties hit 18.6 million, which was a record, quoting a U.S. Census Bureau official.

18.6 MILLION vacant homes! Now, thats alotta vacancies. Incredible. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty there are 3.5 million homeless people in this country. So, roughly, thats 5 1/3 empty homes for every homeless person. This system sure is working, isnt it?"

http://obrag.org/?p=690


The numbers of both empty houses and homeless have certainly grown since these numbers came out....I see a common sense solution here if we could just get over our learned helplessness and start making demands on our 'Representatives'...any ideas??
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