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Posted by  Rog the Dodge on March 18, 2003 at 13:32:13:

In Reply to:  Re: Housing 40 million Americans posted by JWmHarmon on March 18, 2003 at 11:48:55:

I accept everything JWmHarmon says. The problem is it still misses a large proportion of the disadvantaged in Western society for whom a $300 mortgage is still a mountain to climb.

Since most Western nations have abandioned any attempt at social housing on the scale required it will fall to groups such as described to fill the gap but their scope of operation is too small, too slow, too dependent on well-meaning volunteers to make any serious inroads.

I also accept that should one family benefit, then this is a gain at on level but at another is simply a demonstration that for most Western capitalist societies to thrive they require a sink of the relatively dispossessed who will buy whatever short-term consumer goods the market will supply them with to distract them from the awefulness and intractability of their plight.

I sincerely applaud what Habitat for Humanity stands for but 19 houses in the UK (as listed on the web-site) is a joke as is the out-of-date, by nearly 20 years, advice on the significance of the local authority in housing provision other than as a bankrupt landlord of woefully under-maintained housing stock.

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