Shopping for a house squat
“You look for one that’s decent, already fixed up.” Michele McCray, 58, said from a homeless shelter where she stays when it’s too cold to squat in a house without heat or other utilities. pool. We would never have thought anybody was upstairs,’’ said Mathews.
As Detroit carries out its plan to tear down tens of thousands of homes to combat blight and tailor the city to fit its population, which has dwindled to about a third of its 1950s peak, it will have to deal with an unknown number of squatters.
About 10 per cent of the houses Adamo goes out to demolish have squatters, or evidence of squatters. The city doesn’t allow occupied properties to be demolished.