March 27, 2012

THE OTHER PATH:

Another ACORN? Tax-funded course teaching homeless how to squat in abandoned buildings (Greg Goodsell, 3/26/2012, Catholic Online)

A taxpayer-funded nonprofit in the Bronx is teaching the local homeless on a crash-course in "squatting." A group calling themselves "Picture the Homeless," has focused city-owned buildings in particular.  Teacher Andres Perez says that the "best properties are city-owned properties or bank-owned properties.They warehouse these properties. They're sitting on them."

According to the New York Post, who first broke the story, the organization has received $240,000 in taxpayer funds over the last five years.

According to the Post, Andres Perez held a teach-in on how to wrest "control" of vacant apartments. He called it "homesteading."

Even setting aside the centuries old doctrine of adverse possession, driven by our Anglospheric loathing of unutilized property, it's worth recalling that Hernando de Soto became a conservative icon advocating for just such homesteading.

Posted by at March 27, 2012 6:42 AM
  

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