Spokane Police Scratch Own/Community Back By Dabbling In Affordable Housing Biz

storey and a half house with missing window
Derelict house photo by BBC World Service is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
A derelict house like this one was the inspiration for an unusual police action in Spokane, WA.

Headline: Spokane Police To Turn 5 West Central Nuisance Homes Into Affordable Housing.

Nuisance homes: one way of describing derelict, abandoned buildings that become crash pads for drug use and other anti-social behaviours.

Why the name? Ask the police who spend unreasonable amounts of time and money dealing with petty civil and criminal infractions that stem from squatters who have invaded the premises.

The usual solution: obtain order to have the building demolished. Spend time and money enforcing the order.

The Spokane Police riff: obtain title to the abandoned building and renovate it as affordable housing. Nuisance problem solved by taking one small step to ease a housing crisis.

Read more at KXLY.com: Spokane Police To Turn 5 West Central Nuisance Homes Into Affordable Housing

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