When we talk about the housing crisis, we think of skyrocketing rents and unaffordable property prices. But there’s another side to this issue: In many rural communities and hard-pressed Rust Belt cities, more and more homes are being left vacant. This is made even worse when you consider that homelessness is also rising – in fact, there are now over six empty homes for every homeless person in this country. It paints a depressing picture that many people are calling outrageous and an economic injustice. It’s time to stop sweeping this issue under the rug and publicly ask WHY, for God’s sake, are these homeless people refusing to buy the houses?
Like, dude. You don’t have a house. And there are lots of houses for sale. Can’t you put two and two together? The opportunity to be a first-time home buyer is right in front of you. You’re missing out on a fantastic experience.
If you are reading this and are homeless, please reconsider your lifestyle and buy my property in Baltimore. I’ve asked you every which way I can think of. We’ve made it illegal to feed you, we’ve fought against shelters and taxes that help you, we’ve put those bumpy things on benches so you can’t sleep on them, but somehow, the housing crisis remains unsolved. I’ve offered help—countless times—in the form of affordable budgetary and financing advice, and you just act like it’s not enough. I’ve chased some of you down in the street, yelling about how my condo is available immediately with just a $15,000 downpayment, but you seem to be actively avoiding me. At this point, I’m tempted to raise prices just to teach you all a lesson. It’s just disappointing that there are people out there who are able to help, but refuse to do so.