Jenniffer Riggins writes for Smart Planet.com–Last year, the mayor of the 22,000-person village of Armilla, Granada, realized that a staggering 15 percent of all Armilla’s homes were vacant. This is the same town where more than a third of its residents are unemployed, many facing evictions or already living on the street. The town’s leaders saw this as an opportunity.
The city decided to perform an experiment in which its leaders approach landlords and real estate agents to rent out their empty places to local homeless families at dramatically decreased rates. They began negotiating with cautious optimism that goodwill and the fact these homeowners were earning nada off these properties would pose persuasive enough arguments to participate.
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