#1 – Allocate the 18+ Million Abandoned Properties throughout the U.S. to People who want to Live Sustainably

Statistics:

  • There are approximately 3.5 million homeless people in the U.S. [1]
  • There are currently ~18.5 million abandoned & neglected properties throughout the U.S. [2]
  • Approximately 50,000 veterans are homeless[3], & about ~1.4 million veterans considered “at risk of homelessness” due to poverty, lack of support networks, & dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing. [4]
  • 10 percent of the U.S. population owns 82% of the real estate, while only 5% of that population owns 75% of that land! [5]

The Below Petition Amends This:

Logistics:

     Citizens may apply at their local Human Resources Department in order to claim one neglected, abandoned house for the purpose of “Homesteading (a legal term which protects people endeavoring to live sustainably – learn more).  After 5 years of meeting the program’s requirements, applicants receive the title to the property.

Applicants are provided with:

  • Vouchers to assist with electrical, plumbing, & foundation repairs, as well as other basic repairs depending on local sponsors, individual needs, & availability of resources.

  • Educational materials to help with gardening, home repairs, & need-to-know basic care for homeowners.

  • Vouchers to obtain gardening materials such as hoses, bags of soil, lumber, & other necessities.

  • Homesteading Starter Kits – each comes pre-packaged with companion plants as well as highly-efficient gardening techniques associated with those plants, such as the Double Planter technique for potatoes & yams:

Potatoes 2 pots

 

Applicants commit to:

  • keeping the property clean.

  • making improvements on the property which do not violate the NAHB building code.  Notice – unreasonable codes can be challenged in court as arbitrary and capricious.

  • making a concerted effort to grow a diverse food garden in an effort to living a more self-sufficient life

  • paying property taxes, which tend to average ~$1000 per year in the U.S.

  • periodic home inspections to ensure compliance.

Property Exchange Program:

     Properties, once claimed, cannot be sold, rented out, or subleased, etc.  Claimants may, however, exchange their property in order to transfer to another available property upon application citing reasonable cause (application may be received through contacting one’s caseworker, who explains the property exchange program upon original application).  Their property will then be listed as “available” through the Human Resources Department‘s online database, & the applicant may select from one of the available properties listed in their target location.  If the property is not cleaned or if it is significantly negligently damaged by the applicant, this may cause a forfeiture or delay in the exchange program.

This Plan Will Help:

  • End homelessness in an environmentally-friendly way that helps people live self-sufficient lives instead of remaining dependent upon taxpayer-funded welfare programs (i.e. SNAP or EBT) or environmentally-destructive job programs.

  • Create a low-cost, practical program for fixing the country’s infrastructure in a way which reduces taxes rather than increasing them as most infrastructure plans would.

  • Reduce peoples’ grocery bills.

  • Reduce the filling of landfills and ocean waste because “gardens aren’t wrapped in garbage”.

  • Create healthy, ecologically sustainable food supplies that would help local economies and help communities with disaster preparedness.

FAQ:  Why Are So Many Houses Abandoned?

    Many are abandoned due to foreclosures& since no one can afford to purchase them back from the bank they just “sit there” & continue to deteriorate.  Others become abandoned when someone passes away, & family members don’t have the time or finances to deal with it. One or two generations later and the property has become “out of sight, out of mind”, & this is when perfectly good homes begin rotting in the middle of neighborhoods while homeless people have nowhere to legally live or grow their own food. 

Please Sign & Share:

Notice:  The Petition will be available May 1, 2018 both here and on our Petition Drive.  Please contact us if you have any suggestions or join our campaign team.

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     Also, please read, sign, & share Part 2 of Our National Housing Solutions Proposal:

Re-Allocate the “$20 Billion per Year” from Section 8 to “Buy Out Landlords” & Give Rental Spaces to Tenants

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References:

[1]: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 2007:   http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/How_Many.html
[2]: The Mind Unleashed, “18,600,000 vacant homes in the United States. Enough for every homeless person to have six!”: http://themindunleashed.com/2014/02/18600000-vacant-homes-united-states-enough-every-homeless-person-six.html
[3]:  National Alliance to End Homelessness. The State of Homelessness in America. 2015:  http://www.endhomelessness.org/library/entry/fact-sheet-veteran-homelessness
[4]:  National Coalition of Homeless Veterans:  http://nchv.org/index.php/news/media/background_and_statistics/
[5]:  “Ten percent of populations owns 82% of real estate, & 5% owns 75% of that land”: End Game Research: Federal Reserve Bank data in Left Business Observer, April 3, 1996, p. 5 and Geisler, Rural Sociology 1993, 58(4): 532-546, collected by “The Land Lords: Some Facts”: http://www.endgame.org/landlords-facts.html

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