When i first heard about “squatters and squatters rights” almost 2 years ago i didn’t really put alot of thought into it…
Honestly i didnt put any…
Heard a story on the news once…then i turned off my television.. turned the heat up and the bathroom light and said to myself, “how can they give somebody rights over somebody elses property…just because they dont have one??”
Then Walked up stairs climbed in my bed and went to sleep.
Not noticing the ignorance i had so easily vomitted out my mouth as if i was referring to a fictional character from a movie
I’m on facebook and 1 status stands out!! A friend of mine is venting about a “squatter and her family living next door to him and “how much of a burden they are to him and the neighbors”…
This reignited my interest
So i started going google crazy on squatters rights…abandoned homes..and came to images of a homeless Men, a “Mother of 6” squatting in a 3 million dollar mansion that had been foreclosed! Then a friend of mine told me about a family living in a foreclosed house on her block with
Who had 3 small children and as shes telling shes talking bout how she called the police on them….
first thing came to my mind:
1.) aint you selling yo food stamps #thatsillegal
2.) aint this house and all the utilities im bout 4 random people names
Did you think about what would happen to the kids??
How is their struggle bothering you??
My opinions about squatters changed into COMPASSION FOR A FAMILY
See when i first started reading about things like this i missed the fact that they were ACTUAL people involved …people who had families…these people may of had jobs before….
Initially i said “they” shouldnt have rights…even if the owners do leave homes abandoned for years…
A homeless person shouldn’t have the right to live inside those abandoned buildings….
“Most of them are drug addicts..probably rapists…
Tearing the houses up…
Squatters are the reason these neighborhoods look so bad”
excuse my ignorance
But then i found this article talking bout their are 500,000 homeless and over a million abandoned homes in the U.S….
So now I’m back to thinking that if the landlords not taking care of their property where someone can move in, in some cases get electricity and heat turned on, without the landlord knowing… as far as im concerned it should be their home.
Now rights for squatters vary from State to State but In Detroit Michigan all up until August 2014 a squatter on a property longer than 30 days had to be EVICTED…but that Laws been changed and will take effect September 2014 (via an article written by Sarah Cox on Curbed Detroit.com site below)
now if a person is squatting the Landlord cant PHYSICALLY remove them but they can have them arrested change the locks and throw all their items out of the property.
what else does a homeless person have to lose if they decide to retaliate after being arrested and their only possesions being tossed out in the street..
But then i found a picture like this….
And instead of the christianrant over the head put yours…
Or your kids face. ..
Your grandparents . ..
And i swayed again..
Nobody should have to live in those conditions…
and with the way the economy is today the average person is 1check away from becoming homeless themselves !!
Which forced me to realize their is a BIGGER ISSUE… and its not Squatters Rights…or Abandoned Buildings..
.The Problem is …people are being forced to endure tragedies on American soil that is only mirrored to those in a sovergn nation…
As someone would live in a country under rule of terroritsts…right in our own backyard. .
And nobody cares..
Every Weekend a Movie Comes out and the Lowest Premier may still reach 1.1 million dollars…a WEEK…
but when it comes to America’s issue with the homeless.
.we either say..
Let the homeless seek refuge in..
•sleep under freeways…
•find the 1 shelter you can walk to on a 1 meal a week diet….
I realized we, as a people, have not just abandoned homes in our neighborhoods…weve abandoned Humanity..
sit in our homes and find out which celebrity “leaked” a sex tape or got arrested that week. ..
but i digress …
And I give a homeless man a dollar and im like ive made a difference. ..i feel comfortable with my effort?
because it isnt me…or someone related to me but have the audacity to get frustrated at McDonald’s C.E.O’s for being a Billion dollar company that 80% of their workforce is on welfare… or atleast eligible….
No offense but Mike Brown, Treyvon Martin, Ray Rice, I mean we go on and on about Causes we CHOSE TO CARE ABOUT. .
WHILE PEOPLE ARE DYING OF STARVATION IN A COUNTRY THAT IS NUMBER 1 FOR OBESITY! !
A COUNTRY THAT WILL ARREST A HOMELESS THAT FINDS A HOME NOBODY ELSE WANTS AND CLIMBS INSIDE FOR SOME SHELTER…
WHEN WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY WERE ALL SQUATTING IN!!
A COUNTRY THAT HAS PROFITED FROM THE GENOCIDE OF THE NATIVES. .AND NOW SQUATTINGS ILLEGAL??
TO BE HONEST THEIRS NOTHING MORE AMERICAN..THAN WALKING INTO SOMETHING SLAPPING A LOGO ON IT AND CALL IT OUR OWN…
BUT I HAVE AGAIN..DIGRESSED..
I say this to say… we look at a homeless person and we call him or her HOMELESS..OR A SQUATTER. ..
not Mike…or Charles..or Lindsay…
As if their no longer human…because theyve fallen on hard times. .
Lost their way. . Who knows..
but to wrap this up
Todays Rant effected me because i have allowed and turned a blinds eye to the peoples pain…
That i know Jeezy and Jakes trivia but didnt know the average age of a homeless person was younger than 30…
think about that a minute
I put alot of the sources I used today for the people who are interested in putting a face a Americas biggest problem..
Cuz it aint ebola..
thats human engineered crowd control im just saying but
Seriously. ..we as Christians. .People..Humans…
Must remeber our fellow man and woman… i understand Africa is suffering but so is America…
I hope you read this and begin to recognize the PEOPLE we walk pass everyday..thats sleeping on the ground…winter spring summer..if they survive the elements…and do more than turn up our noses..
Maybe buy them a meal…give them some blankets..something
I believe we can do more than Pray for them…we could help them…
it’s enough dollars in the world…that their wouldn’t be any homeless people. ..
But if your paying attention to the news its also Enough Greed going on…
That could make..
Everyone homeless. .,