Occupy Our Homes movement declares a National Day of Action to Stop and Reverse Foreclosures
Today’s guest blogger is Jessica Kellner, the editor of Natural Home and Garden magazine and the author of Housing Reclaimed, Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing. Jessica is a passionate advocate of using architectural salvage to create aesthetically beautiful, low-cost housing and today offers us one more reason why!.
Yesterday, the Occupy Our Homes movement declared a National Day of Action to Stop and Reverse Foreclosures. In one of the starkest examples of corporate greed and lack of government regulation, the subprime housing crisis of 2006-2008 has so far caused hundreds of thousands of people to lose their homes, and continues to affect people today. Although big banks and Wall Street profited from selling irresponsibly lent mortgages to investors, when the bottom dropped out, the banks were rescued. Homeowners were not.
That’s part of the reason why building a home with reclaimed materials makes so much sense. The people in my book, Housing Reclaimed, built their homes by hand with materials they’d collected from their communities and from demolition sites. They are outside the realm of the conventional mortgage, because their homes weren’t financed by a construction loan or mortgage. Instead, they invested love and sweat and hard work. Their homes aren’t conventional, either—they are customized spaces built with intent and to serve the lives that will be lived within them.
We are not slaves to the modern housing system in which a quickly constructed vinyl box is our only affordable option, and we must pay interest to the bank for the next 30 years. The people in my book chose a different way, and if we all decided to build and finance homes outside of the conventional system, it would make a huge difference. We all deserve a home, and we have the skills to build them ourselves!