All the characters involved in this operation are de facto and de jure squatters, trespassers, and home invaders.
But to the Associated Press, they are “activists,” “homeless,” and “realtors” with a difference. In an article titled “Activist moves homeless into foreclosures,” the AP prattles:
Rameau is an activist who has been executing a bailout plan of his own around Miami’s empty streets: He is helping homeless people illegally move into foreclosed homes.
“We’re matching homeless people with people-less homes,” he said with a grin.
Rameau and a group of like-minded advocates formed Take Back the Land, which also helps the new “tenants” with secondhand furniture, cleaning supplies and yard upkeep. So far, he has moved six families into foreclosed homes and has nine on a waiting list.
It takes all kinds to make a village of idiots.