Posted by Richard Haut on March 24, 2003 at 13:43:30:
In Reply to: Re: I have 2 great ideas - Responsibility - Habitat for Humanity posted by JWmHarmon on March 24, 2003 at 11:45:28:
It is certainly not as you describe in Britain.
The cost of property (or of land) are ludicrous.
A year or eighteen months ago the average cost of a home in Britain was over £100,000. The average income of the Principal of an architectural practice was £30,000. (Since then the prices have gone up and I would be prepared to bet that the income has gone down).
Students in Britain now have average debts of £12,000 when they leave education (and likely to increase heavily in the near future) - the average wage for those who manage to find work ? £14,000.
But surely people can move to the cheaper areas ? Not if they want work.
Many ideas have been, and continue to be tried to help people in creating their own homes. Self-build or homesteading schemes are not new.
They are great ideas - like the part-rent, part-purchase schemes. People have different abilities, different assets, different prospects - frequently outside their own control. Housing has to allow for these differences.
Perhaps the people without a home are not drug-addicts or freaks - perhaps they were honest working people swindled by your great "free market", by respectable people like Arthur Andersen, Enron, or their corrupt hireling politicians. I seem to remember a problem with something called "Savings&Loan" ....
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