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Profile of Squatters

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A group here called Homes Not Jails scouts out abandoned or foreclosed buildings, then "opens them up" for the homeless: " 'In the avenues, there are foreclosures on every block,' says Tim, a soft-spoken man wearing a wool fishing cap. For squatters like him, that could mean a free home for a while. In fact, he's been squatting in an abandoned house in the Mission district for the last two years." The guy's seen a lot of long-vacant buildings, and attributes their state to "profiteering." Someone's gotta live in them, right? [SF Gate]