If you only read a partisan newsletter, like the New York Times, you found out about this today.
With Advocatesâ€™ Help, Squatters Call Foreclosures Home – NYTimes.com
Mr. Rameau said his group differed from ad hoc squatters by operating openly, screening potential residents for mental illness and drug addiction, and requiring that they earn â€œsweat equityâ€ by cleaning or doing repairs around the house and that they keep up with the utility bills.
â€œWe change the locks,â€ he said. â€œWe pull up with a truck and move in through the front door. The families get a key to the front door.â€ Most of the houses are in poor neighborhoods, where the neighbors are less likely to object.
Hat-tip to Calculated Risk.