Squatters are people who enter vacant homes, apartments, condos or buildings and move in as if it’s their own. Recently, a group of Occupy protestors took over a man’s home in Queens and refused to leave. Two weeks ago, there was an actual class on how to ‘homestead’ yourself into a place to live, regardless of the law. Even more shocking is who gave the class. Picture the Homeless is a nonprofit group based in the Bronx. About 20 people attended the class, conducted by board member Andres Perez, in a half-empty housing complex called Arlington Village in East New York. Just what America needs, more loopholes – with instructions – for the entitlement crowd to use to their advantage.
The City Council, through The Department of Housing Preservation and Development, approves the taxpayer funding that Picture the Homeless gets, about $240,000 over the past five years. Not very much money for a city with so many homeless people. Perez told his ‘students,’ “The best time to enter a building is in the late hours. You make sure you have your proper tools. You remove the chains and padlock, and then you go in.” He went on to explain how to get the utilities turned on and putting in a change of address. He added that once they put in the change of address, “…nine out of ten times the courts will allow you to be able to have control of the property.” Unbelievable but true.
If the government didn’t have such strict rules on the condition of homes before homeless people can move in, there wouldn’t be so many empty places for squatters to go, or squatters for that matter. These half empty buildings are such a waste. Still, breaking the law isn’t acceptable. Most homeless people just need a place to get off the streets – they don’t care if the elevator works.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012