I have had people living in my dwellings for 30 years, and am looking to do it again. However, this isn’t a casual undertaking and must be considered with wisdom.
I allowed people live in my house after I knew them and their habits well. I didn’t just open up a house and let anyone stay there. There are some who live on the street who have a philosophy of damaging property, any property. And there are some who will steal. Let’s face it, there are bad people out there, and it requires wisdom and effort to discover who should be allowed in a house.
A single house can hold a number of people, but if they don’t get along then violence can occur. Or the house could be used as a place to sell or make illegal drugs. It wouldn’t help anyone if the house was condemned because of criminal activity.
Generally, a house to provide shelter for the homeless needs a manager who will uphold the desires of the owner and prevent criminal activity. This person or these persons will need to be paid. Insurance will have to be obtained.
To house people isn’t a light undertaking. Certainly not something we just want to open doors and offer freely. Many vacant homes are vacation spots or shelters for emergencies, and the owner will want to make sure that the home is in the same condition in which they left it.
To house people is an expesnive, somewhat risky undertaking. It isn’t for everyone. However, we need more people doing it than are, currently