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The Hidden Homeless Have you ever dreamed of living in a house for free You wouldnt have to pay the rent and have yourself a roof over your head and have more money to spend on things you would otherwise have to spend for a tiny piece of apartment Think of it this way isnt housing a right for everyone As prices soar the chances of finding affordable housing and low rents in NYC is nearly impossible and housing projects are rapidly getting filled up In conditions like these having nowhere else to go people decide to occupy run down dilapidated houses owned by the government or long lost owners These are our squatters or the people that illegally reside in NYCs abandoned houses NYC is full of empty buildings ranging from totally destroyed shells all the way to OK shape In our city alone there are at least forty squatted homesteads Ten squats in the Brooklyn 12 in the Bronx and the remaining 18 in Manhattan Many squatters choose to be silent and not talk about squatting to interviewers and the news media for fear of providing over-sensationalized accounts that would get them into trouble or show them in the worst image Also people especially squatters dont like to be treated as animals in a zoo for show and tell only Though most of them choose to maintain an existence hidden from strangers and mainstream society squatters are becoming a large and growing class of residents settling the land without a title Unfortunately squatters hold very little legal recognition and the only way they can keep their houses or squats is by helping each other to be organized and seeking support which is essential in order to organize crucial repairs and to resist harassment and evictions from landowners and other legal occupants Squatting or acquiring illegal property itself is a type of movement People choose to become squatters for many reasons Even though
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