Enable People to Claim Any of the 18+ Million Abandoned Properties Throughout The U.S. for The Purpose of Homesteading

First off,

The definition of HOMESTEAD according to Black’s Law DictionaryAmerica’s most trusted law dictionary:

The home place; the place where the home is.  It is the home, the house & the adjoining land, where the head of the family dwells; the home farm.  Technically, however, & under the modern homestead laws, a homestead is an artificial estate in land, devised to protect the possession & enjoyment of the owner against the claims of his creditors, by withdrawing the property from execution & forced sale, so long as the land is occupied as a home.

#1.)  Statistics:

  • There are approximately 3.5 million homeless people in the U.S.[1]
  • Approximately 50,000 veterans are homeless[2], & about ~1.4 million veterans considered “at risk of homelessness” due to poverty, lack of support networks, & dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.[3]  
  • 1 in 2 Americans have fallen into poverty or are struggling to live on low incomes.
  • Since 2007, banks have foreclosed around eight million homes, averaging 10,000 per month!
  • There are 18.5 million abandoned properties just “sitting there” throughout towns & cities of all sizes (that banks foreclosed on or people died in & the family left abandoned, mismanaged estates, stipulations- many different reasons).  These properties are basically going to rot, get fixed up by real estate agencies & rented out to the public, OR we can choose to manage these resources wisely in order to kickstart a well-orchestrated “en masse homesteading movement“.

Vacant homes

FAQ:  Why Are So Many Houses Abandoned?

Many are abandoned due to foreclosures& since no one can afford to purchase them back from the bank they just “sit there” (rotting).  Others become abandoned when someone passes away & the family members simply don’t have the time or finances to deal with it- “the estate handles it”, & then one or two generations later its “out of sight, out of mind” to the owner, & this is when perfectly good houses begin rotting n the middle of neighborhoods. 

Why Prioritize A Homesteading Movement With These Homes Instead of Just Giving Them To Whoever Wants Them Or To The Highest Bidder?

When so many people today are without a home or are running “rental treadmills”, & at a time where everyone is entangled in debt, doesn’t it seem like the sensible thing to do to simply allocate these abandoned homes to homesteaders who will fix them up & help provide a healthy local food supply?  This will help:

Sometimes, the people need to come together, simply look at the numbers, & use good old fashion Common Sense.

Thomas Paine medicine to the dead

#2.)  Our Proposal:

  1. To charter a federal program designed “to map all properties which have been physically abandoned (vacant) for two or more years, to TAKE such properties using EMINENT DOMAIN, & then to fund basic repairs needed to bring them up to code (ie electricity, plumbing, insulation, foundation, etc.).  Each such parcel is entered into a database, & Citizens may opt to “Homestead” at any Department of Human Resources building in order to select a reclaimed property from within the area for the purpose of “growing enough food to feed themselves and others”.  After 5 years of occupation and fulfilling obligations (paying taxes, making improvements, gardening, maintaining all non-arbitrary & capricious health & safety code regulations compliances), claimant gains Title to their property.

  2. To provide educational material alongside “Homesteading Starter Kits“, which include a variety of “heirloom seeds” in “kits”, coupled with seeds for “plants which require similar care” &/or “companion plants”.  Kits include “Full Sunlight, Low Water” plants, “Cold Frame Plants“, “Ideal For Raised Beds“, “The 3 Sisters“, “Leafy Greens (& spices that require similar care)“, & others.  Kit instructions also contain “highly-efficient growing techniques researched from around the world”, such as

The Double Planter Technique” for planting potatoes or yams:

Potatoes 2 pots

Note:  These houses are not to be given out as mere crash pads or to people who simply want to “fix them up & rent them out” or “fix them up & sell them”. 

#3.)  Sign & share the petition to  authorize “The Homestead Subsidization Act” (or click here to sign the online version of the Petition on MoveOn.org):

Homestead Subsidization Act Petition downloadable PDF file

to collect signatures in your area, &/or sign this online version here:

Note:  If there are any questions, concerns, or statistics to bring to our attention, please contact Distance@WildWillpower.org.  We’re doing the best we can with the information thus far gathered, & your help is more than appreciated.  Otherwise…

Please sign these other two related petitions as well:

Petition:  Enact “Civilian Restoration Corps.” to Create “A Public Works Program” Which Pays People “To Plant Free Food & Herbal Medicine” Throughout Towns & Cities of All Sizes

Petition:  The Renters’ Declaratory Relief Act”:  Re-Allocate the “$20 Billion per Year” from Section 8 to “Buy Out Landlords” & *Give Rental Spaces to Tenants*

Part 1:  Population & Housing Available:

1. Population Analysis:

There are 318.9 million people living in the U.S. (2014 Census), including 81 million families (averaging 3.13 family members per family), & therefore ~50,790,000 “others” (i.e. single adults, couples, orphaned children) (“The Statistics Portal).

Initial Assessment:

An estimated 131,790,000 total living spaces are required to house all families and all “others”.

2. Housing Analysis:

Owner-Occupied Households:

There are 73,991,995 owner-occupied households, containing 200,617,048 residents (National Multifamily Housing Council, 2016).

Initial Re-Assessment:

131,790,000 (total living spaces needed) minus 73,991,995 (owner-occupied households) = 57,798,005 total living spaces needed to house population.

Abandoned & Neglected Properties:

There are an estimated 10 million vacant & abandoned properties according to Office of Policy Development and Research (“PD&R”) of the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”).  “A vacant property becomes a problem when the property owner abandons the basic responsibilities of ownership, such as routine maintenance or mortgage and property tax payments.”

According to Amnesty International, USA, the numbers are higher:

Since 2007, banks have foreclosed around eight million homes, averaging 10,000 per month!  It is estimated that another eight to ten million homes will be foreclosed before the financial crisis is over.  This approach to resolving one part of the financial crisis means many, many families are living without adequate & secure housing.  In addition, approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are homeless, & many are veterans (1.35 million children, & 2.15 million adults- National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 2014).  It is worth noting that, at the same time, there are 18.5 million vacant homes in the country.” (Amnesty International, USA, Housing: It’s a Wonderful Right by TANUKA LOHA).

Which brings us to…

Housing Solution #1 of 3:

What Wild Willpower Proposes Should Be Done With “The Abandoned Properties”:

Authorize “The Homestead Subsidization Act”

Purpose:  To make “the process of making an adverse possession claim upon a physically abandoned & neglected property” a safe & simple process, & to administer uniformity in filing procedures throughout the States, Nation, & Local Governments.  To prevent neglected properties from becoming community hazards.  To provide housing to persons seeking to exercise their right to to homestead, & to “fix the nation’s crumbling domestic infrastructure” in a way which stabilizes & improves local food supplies.

California’s Adverse Possession Statutes, CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE SEC. 315-330

Summary:  Individuals may, upon request, receive a Declaration of Claim of Adverse PossessionForm from any Assessor’s Office or through the State website.  During initial filing, the Claimant is attesting that:

  1. The property they are filing on is physically abandoned and neglected.
  2. The Claimant is moving onto or has moved onto the property, that they are in lawful possession of the property, & that they intend to fulfill statutory requirements in order to successfully make an Adverse Possession claim.
  3. The Claimant will make improvements upon the property, cultivate the land, & pay property taxes in a timely manner.

Upon filing, an injunction is automatically applied to protect the Claimant’s estate, thus indicating to authorities that the Claimant is present on the property, that they’re in lawful possession, & that they’re in the process of fulfilling statutory requirements to perfect their claim.

Rebuilding The Domestic Infrastructure, Administering to The Housing Crisis; Touching Peoples’ Lives:

The Homestead Subsidization Act takes “Adverse Possession for the sake of Homesteading” a step further by authorizing Eminent Domain for use in “allocating all neglected properties specifically for this purpose” to persons seeking to “opt to homestead” via their local Human Resources Department.  U.S. Officials should be aware, sensitive to the fact, & helpful in that many U.S. Citizens are suffering as a direct result of the housing crises, coupled with ecological distresses of our times- from homeless people in destitute situations with “nowhere to legally grow food” to renters who are coping with rent hikes & being pushed out of their homes, to people who are behind on their mortgages.  Citizens have a right “to make an adverse claim upon an abandoned property for the purpose of homesteading” so that  is a guaranteed human right., & abandoned properties should be given to able-bodied adults fit & determined to improve & homestead these properties should owners refuse to protest in a timely manner, with intent to homestead.  Subsidies should be allocated to help Claimants to cover costs of basic improvements such as electrical, plumbing, foundation work, & other essentials needed to “bring the buildings up to code”.  All residences filed for in this manner are considered & legally protected as “homesteads“, & thus are protected from execution of foreclosure & forced sale so long as occupied as a home. Sustainability measures such as solar panels & other measures are to be subsidized as well via switching subsidies from natural gas, oil, & other forms of extractive industries over a period of time until “energy independence” throughout Towns, Cities, etc. is achieved.

Re-Assessment:

57,798,005 (total living spaces needed) minus 18,500,000 (neglected properties used wisely) = 39,298,005 total living spaces needed to house population.

Orchestrating An “En Masse Homesteading Movement“:

A great deal of food can be produced using a small area of land!  For instance, one family grows 6000 pounds of food on only 1/10th of an acre every year!  To make it simple for people to get started on generating this type of abundance, our organization is producing Homesteading Starter Kits which include “native & heirloom seeds” and instructions for highly-efficient gardening techniques“- such as this “double planter technique” for yams & potatoes:

Potatoes 2 pots

[Special thanks to Humanosphere on Pinterest for sharing this great photo!]

Download the PDF of this Petition:

Wild Willpower’s ‘National Housing Solutions’ Petition

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[Quote from 1859 campaign speeches, Library of Congress website.]

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[1]: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 2007:   http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/How_Many.html
[2]:  National Alliance to End Homelessness. The State of Homelessness in America. 2015:  http://www.endhomelessness.org/library/entry/fact-sheet-veteran-homelessness
[3]:  National Coalition of Homeless Veterans:  http://nchv.org/index.php/news/media/background_and_statistics/
National Economic & Social Rights Initiative Home Page:  https://www.nesri.org/
Amnesty International Home Page:  https://www.amnesty.org/en/
[4]:  Article by The Mind Unleashed, “18,600,000 vacant homes in the United States. Enough for every homeless person to have six!”:  http://themindunleashed.org/2014/02/18600000-vacant-homes-united-states-enough-every-homeless-person-six.html
Full test of famous founding document “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine:  http://www.ushistory.org/paine/commonsense/singlehtml.htm
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Definition of “Subsidize”:  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subsidize
LEED, U.S. Green Building Council:  http://www.usgbc.org/leed
“American Trucker:  http://trucker.com/
“World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms”:  http://www.wwoof.net/
Environmental Services Department:  http://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/collection/
“Advanced Disposal”:  http://www.advanceddisposal.com/for-mother-earth/education-zone/learn-about-landfills.aspx
NASA says California has one year of water left:  http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/nasa-california-down-to-one-year-supply-of-water-414093379755
About The Great Depression on www.History.com:  http://www.history.com/topics/great-depression
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About The Civilian Conservation Corps:  http://www.ccclegacy.org
About “The New Deal” by The Roosevelt Institute:  http://rooseveltinstitute.org/policy-and-ideasroosevelt-historyfdr/new-deal
“Mega-drought” may grip western U.S. for decades, NASA studies show:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/todays-drought-in-the-west-is-nothing-compared-to-what-may-be-coming/2015/02/12/0041646a-b2d9-11e4-854b-a38d13486ba1_story.html
Book:  “More Valuable Than Gold; Edible, Utility, & Medicinal Uses of WIld North American Plants, Shrubs, Trees, & Vines AND Other Wild Living Skills” by Richard Lonewolf & Distance Everheart:  http://www.richardlonewolf.com/original-publications/previews-from-upcoming-book-winter-2014/
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