a reply to: deadlyhope
With private, secure housing being the most important physical thing a person needs besides food and water, everyone needs to ask themselves why there
are so many restrictions for people to obtain housing? Why is one of the most important things a human being can have, purposely made so hard to
This is not a bag of cheetos. This is not a tv or a lap top or a necklace. This is housing. A basic human right, that's right, a basic human right.
Purposefully making private housing for the poor visually doomy looking in structure or not providing avenues for those living in run down houses or
trailers to repair them just adds more shudder to the obvious horror half of America, if not more, go through to obtain or keep housing. And IF they
do, the arrangement is not ideal or it's not a full private house, it's merely a room.
Supply-the supply of available private housing is extremely limited and very costly. Most 40 hour a week wage earners, who make up most of the bulk of
the labor force, pay 75% or more of their wages solely on housing. This does not include utilities as most are a seperate cost. In addition to this,
there are many people who own more than one private home. This includes houses, condos, apartments and studio/bungalows that have not been occupied in
years, or are seasonal rentals/vacation homes. This also includes hotels as they serve as a secure private living space. Most hotels have a vacancy
unless there is an event in the area or it's the season for the seasonal hotel. There are thousands, if not more, of hotel rooms on any given day that
are left unoccupied. So, even with including them as housing, availability is still extremely limited.
Demand- the demand for housing is obvious. The demand for housing is huge. Many homeless on the street, in shelters, in tents, living in cars,, many
in terrible living arrangements with a bf/gf or spouse, many renting rooms or couches, in their houses they either rent themselves or pay a mortgage
on, to strangers, many renting houses, many paying a mortgage on house they can't call their very own until it's paid off in 30 or so years.
Why is there no demand for housing by the people for their own people? Their own citizens?
Shame - shame the person feels who is homeless and shame of those who are aware of the plight but continue to feed into the system in place that
violates a human right.
Stupidity - real estate agents exploit this and buyers have no problem being exploited, which goes something like this:
Agent "Sign up for a mortgage today and own your own home!"
Buyer "ok! Wow! Just signed a 30 year mortgage! Paying 1, 500.00 a month on it! Whoo hoo! But its mine!"
Buyer calls friend, "hey! I just bought a house! I'm a home owner now!"
No. No you are not a homeowner. YOU ARE NOT THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE. THE MORTGAGE COMPANY IS. You are renting a house from a bank. You are a rentor.
Now why on earth would anyone think they own the home?
And the last reason I will address as to why demand for housing is so literally screwed up, there are more reasons, but to wrap it up, is:
Punnishment- too many people have a secret, and sometimes not so secret desire, to see people suffer and struggle. They need someone to blame for
their own suffering even as misplaced as it is. Knowing they have a nice home/s they own out right, makes many feel special among millions who don't.
I will end with this, when we have a Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity Act with Laws, that refuse to address private, safe housing as a basic human
right for all it's citizens and have our elected officials and military fight for that to make it happen and sustain it once it does, AND people
begging for jobs, that's right, BEGGING, begging for any job that will never pay for cost of living expenses such as the ever growing expensive
housing, , and I'm not talking begging with a cardboard sign either, its on paper or sent through the internet, called a cover letter and application,
REVEALING personal information as a requirement before a real job offer, because it's turned into begging JUST as stated in the OP, we have a HUGE
problem because the application used in supply and demand when it comes to housing, is an extreme violation to the human right of the citizen who is
kept from obtaining private and secure housing, even after begging for work, day after day, to become a participant in the supply and demand structure
of their own Nation.