Re: [prj] $1 homes proposed for poor (fwd)
Sat, 20 Feb 1999 06:59:17 -0800

this sounds like a wonderful idea, but let's remember that the "U.S."
was NOT "settled" by the homestead act...and many First Nations were
made homeless as a result of that sort of thinking.

But I loved the article, and the idea...till I got to the Homestead
Act cr...stuff.  8)  patm

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	what we do.  Rarely do we know what what we do
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>                             Friday, February 19, 1999
>                             $1 homes proposed for poor
>                             State plan would let people buy abandoned
>                             houses. In Detroit, 39,000 stand empty
>                             By B.G. Gregg / News Lansing Bureau
>                                 LANSING -- Lower-income residents in
>                             Detroit and other Michigan cities could
>                             buy their own homes for $1 under an
>                             ambitious program designed to reverse the
>                             decades-old problem of abandoned housing
>                             and urban decay.
>                                 The plan unveiled Thursday by state
>                             legislators also would allow those living
>                             in housing developments to take over their
>                             buildings and buy their apartments for $1.
>                             As with the abandoned buildings, the
>                             residents would first have to pay
>                             market-rate rent for five years.
>                                 The Michigan Urban Homestead
>                             Initiative, which would make Michigan the
>                             first state in the nation to implement a
>                             homesteading program on a statewide basis,
>                             has bipartisan support. Sponsors say it
>                             could win approval by spring.
>                                 Lawmakers said it would be good news
>                             for older cities. Detroit would have a
>                             chance to fix up some of the estimated
>                             39,000 abandoned homes -- enough to house
>                             the population of Jackson County -- and
>                             clean up crime-ridden housing
>                             developments.
>                                 "I think it's something most people
>                             would like -- if the homes are up to
>                             code," said Donna Carter, a Detroit nurse
>                             who is trying to buy a rehabilitated home
>                             in the city. "But a lot of the abandoned
>                             homes are in neighborhoods I wouldn't want
>                             to be in."
>                                 A key component of the plan would cut
>                             the amount of time necessary for local
>                             governments to take ownership of
>                             delinquent properties, from six years to
>                             as little as a year. That would allow the
>                             properties to be rented out sooner.
>                                 "We're dusting off the Homestead Act
>                             of 1862, giving it a modern face-lift --
>                             but it is the same ethic that settled the
>                             West," said state Sen. Bill Schuette,
>                             R-Midland, chief architect of the
>                             legislation.
>                             Copyright 1999, The Detroit News
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