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Can't Afford Mortgage? Rent Rooms to the Homeless!

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Santa Ana, CA

#1 Sep 24, 2012
Inside the white bungalow in Montebello, noise rules.

The television blares; a robotic voice bellows from a red radio, updating National Weather Service information. A man with a Santa Claus beard — and the build to go with it — sits in a chair squeezing sallow lemons into a cup and talking about what he says are revelations from God.

Two other men, self-proclaimed best friends, slouch on the sofa. Stephan Polfliet talks constantly and Mitchell Kautz stares off, presumably listening. Another, Grady, scarcely leaves his bedroom except to grab a smoke in the frontyard, where vegetables grow and fruit trees bloom, including papaya.

Elisa Santana Cenzano owns the house and says she has no problem watching over such a mismatched group. But, she confides, she is vigilant about picking the papayas or else Robert Gifford, the man with the Santa beard, will snatch them first.

"But I know that's part of his living on the street for so long," she says. "That's part of him."

This scene of controlled chaos is part of one L.A. nonprofit's never-give-up experiment to reduce homelessness among the most difficult-to-place people.

It was seven years ago that SHARE, or the Self-Help and Recovery Exchange, launched its collaborative housing program; and it now has a network of more than 1,200 beds in about 200 private homes across Los Angeles County.

Santa Ana, CA

#2 Sep 25, 2012
Foreclosures are being unloaded to hedge funds and "foreign investors," with the government stipulation that they'll use the homes for rentals for at least 2 years.

What's going to happen with these properties that are managed by Mitsui Enterprises? They'll hire two-bit "property managers" who'll ignore credit scores and move in section 8 negroes into middle-class neighborhoods, while tax payers foot the bill for the dramatic upsurge in police calls, while the formerly quiet neighborhoods turn into virtual prison yards.

Obama has repeatedly stated that he fully supports the philosophy behind section 8 housing. The idea that moving poor blacks into middle-class white neighborhoods somehow teaches those blacks how to comport themselves in a modern civilized society, by the middle-class whites living next door to them.

This is the mindset of a functional sociopath. Obama is not only incompetent, he's got something wrong with his brain, and the middle-class are paying the terrible price.

The only way to possibly save the middle-class in this country is to get Romney into office. Anyone with extra free time on their hands should do what they can to help his campaign. Your children's future literally depends on it.

This "Obamavision" has to be cancelled.

Free Range Turkey

La Mesa, CA

#3 Sep 25, 2012

Yes, I read that LAT story about the home for the homeless in Montebello. Interesting that the reporter did not ask the neighbors how they like living next door to a house packed with seven homeless dudes, some of them mental. Maybe the reporter did speak to the neighbors, but their opinions could not be printed in a family paper.

I suspect my colleague Ronald would like living next to a homeless house. These guys tend to stand outside and smoke a lot, since they don't work and they have plenty of time on their hands. They and Ronald could stand around and talk about their favorite kinds of cigarettes. Maybe R. could treat the men to a packet of Bugle Boy and some rolling papers.
Free Range Turkey

La Mesa, CA

#4 Sep 25, 2012
A homeowner can turn his SFR into a "sober living" house for a half-dozen men or women and there's not a darn thing the neighbors can do about it. Scary.

Long Beach, CA

#5 Oct 1, 2012
That's why I live in a condo. We have rules about these things.

United States

#6 Oct 3, 2012
guest wrote:
That's why I live in a condo. We have rules about these things.
There are bills in the works to force condo and apartment owners to accept section 8 applicants-even as government-assisted buyers of condos. btw, Obama loves the section 8 concept, and has vowed to facilitate it's expansion, once he doesn't have to worry about re-election.

Stay tuned!

Long Beach, CA

#7 Oct 3, 2012
A section 8 subsidy would not cover the cost of a condo where I live. It would probably not even cover the cost of the monthly HOA dues and property taxes.

Long Beach, CA

#8 Oct 3, 2012
Also, the private owner of a condo can sell or rent/lease (or NOT sell or rent/lease) to whomever he or she pleases. The federal government will never be able to compel a private owner to sell or lease to a section 8 "applicant".

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