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MIAMI - Max Rameau delivers his sales pitch like a pro. "All tile floor!" he says during a recent showing. "And the living room, wow! It has great blinds."
Max Rameau says he's "matching homeless people with people-less homes." (By J. Pat Carter -- Associated Press)But in nearly every other respect, he is unlike any real estate agent you've ever met. He is unshaven, drives a beat-up car and wears grungy cut-off sweat pants. He also breaks into the homes he shows. And his clients don't have a dime for a down payment.
Rameau is an activist who has been executing a bailout plan of his own around Miami's empty streets: He is helping homeless people illegally move into foreclosed homes.
"We're matching homeless people with people-less homes," he said with a grin.
Originally posted by Walkswithfish
Good plan, now they can be arrested and then moved into a new home with excellent security free medical care and basic services along with three hot meals every day!
Originally posted by Mystery_Lady
Homeless shelters are not the answer. My husband use to be homeless. He said the shelters only will allow a person to reside there for a short period of time. Supposedly enough time to find a job and get back up on your feet.
Police in Sandy are still looking for a transient who beat a code enforcement officer. That officer now is out of the hospital and is talking about what happened.
Rob Durfee has head, shoulder and elbow injuries after that attack. He thinks if it wasn't for his cell phone, his injuries could have been worse.
"You're used to, as a code enforcement officer, people yelling at you, but definitely not physically assaulting you," Dufree said.
A routine follow-up inspection on Tuesday at a foreclosed home near 9800 South and 400 East in Sandy ended with Durfee in the hospital. "It was unprovoked, and there was no need for it," he said.
Durfee went to the house yesterday morning to make sure the owner boarded a broken window. A transient was inside the house.
"I told him that I was Sandy City Code Enforcement and that he couldn't be on the property," Dufree explained.
As he called police to escort the man off the property, the man jumped out the window and punched Durfee in the face.