Associated Press story out of Cleveland says the homeless are taking advantage of the foreclosure crisis by moving into the hastily abandoned houses in residential areas -- which is better than your average empty home, since many of them still have electricity and running water. Says one ex-con-turned-squatter quoted in the piece, if nothing else the houses sure are "convenient."
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Local tie? Quoted in the story is Larry James, president and CEO for Dallas Central Ministries, who says, in short, Sure, this isn't particularly surprising news. As in: "There are some campgrounds and creek beds and such where people would be tempted to walk across the street or climb out of the creek bed and sneak into a vacant house." Looks like there's a really nice place on Mockingbird. --Robert Wilonsky