Has the word “Homesteading” became so popular in 2014 and became such a growing and powerful trend that it is being used wrongly in many situations involving property initiatives that are geared towards more financial development? According to njspotlight.com, in an article published November 13, New Jersey has many towns that are seemingly dying and dotted with many eyesores, those abandoned buildings all boarded up and such is what they are talking about. Like many US cities, today, the sluggish and truly uncertain economy is fueled by those looking to make a buck at your expense.
“Homesteading initiative and other efforts seek to stave off blight, crime, economic drain spawned by abandoned properties.”
More and more people can not afford their homes, their jobs are not paying enough to even survive. Obamacare seemingly has all but ruined the US economy. Anyone that works knows that shortly after the announcement of this failed and disgraceful government. program, employers everywhere cut employees full time work schedule to part time so they would not have to offer this program. The American people are resilient and we have been through a lot. We know how to survive. The people have made a movement to become more self sufficient, to live a sustainable life which more times than not involves lifestyles such as homesteading and living off grid.
Since a few years ago, the “Homesteading movement” has been gaining momentum and now has gained the attention of those in the housing and economic departments. It is clear, upon reading this article, by NJSpotlight.com that the word homesteading has been misused and is being used as a type of lure to get people to buy up vacant and degrading homes and buildings in the Trenton and other cities of New Jersey. According to the news article, this is an attempt to stop the bleeding of these failing cities before the cities bleed dry and become abandoned ghost towns. Most of us know something about the city of Detroit, Michigan. Most of Detroit, today, is or is becoming a major ghost town and no one knows quite why.
“In Trenton, new Mayor Eric Jackson has detailed a five-pronged approach, anchored by a homestead program that would allow first-time homebuyers to acquire city-owned properties in designated redevelopment areas at very little cost, perhaps as low as $1.”
So is seems, in an attempt to tap into the flourishing market of homesteading and folks going off grid to flourish, the mayor of these New Jersey cities have decided to use the word homesteading, homesteaders, or what have you, to refer to living in the city in one of these failing places. How is homesteading even associated with living in a sprawling metropolis? In the picture in this article you can see the buildings, townhouses, all boarded up and so close to one another residents can have a conversation with their neighbors without leaving the comfort of their home! Where is the garden? The chicken yards, coops, the dairy goat pen or the stacks for the wood burning stoves?
They don’t exist because this is NOT homesteading. This is city living. Using the word homesteading to try and lure people into city life is just wrong and downright taking advantage of a lifestyle that has way more respectable roots than today’s societal living arrangements. Irresponsible, to say the least. This is distasteful to those of us that are actually living a homesteading life. Harvesting our own sunlight, water power or wind energy for electricity. Growing, raising and hunting our meats. Wild foraging for medicinal herbs and healthy wild foods. People move off the grid and into a life of homesteading because of these types of living conditions, to name just one reason.
“The homesteading program would make houses available cheaply to first-time buyers willing to make necessary repairs and use the homes as their primary residence for 10 years..”
So if you want to move into one of these cities in the state of New Jersey that is offering this “homesteading” deal, then you can go here. According to Trenton, New Jersey’s five fold plan to rehabilitate the city, The Homesteading Pilot Program will be targeted in the redevelopment areas in the city, and would allow buyers to purchase city-owned property for nominal consideration — as low as $1 — as long as they meet ALL of the following three conditions:
- The potential buyer must be either a first-time home buyer or a non-resident looking to relocate to Trenton;
- The potential buyer must be able to document financial capacity to rehabilitate the property; and
- The potential buyer must commit to maintaining the property as their primary residence for a minimum of ten years.