In today’s newspaper, there’s a report about housing availability and affordability. Apparently there was some research done that showed (and I quote): ‘..the potential benefit to the city’s housing supply if some home owners chose to live in smaller dwellings, allowing young families to fill the larger houses’.
What a bloody cheek!
‘..government research found the equivalent of 20 years of housing supply is tied up in empty bedrooms.’
These people who live in houses with empty bedrooms were once ‘young families’ just like the ones that the report is wanting to now have the homes.
People are not either old or young throughout their lives. There are no permanent elderly, just as there are no permanent young families. Life goes on and things change. And, as circumstances and people change there is a progression of situations. Those ‘greedy old people’ living in houses with empty bedrooms will, of necessity, eventually leave their ‘big’ homes. They will surely die or (heaven forbid) be relegated to final years in a nursing home.
They will not remain in their ‘big’ houses forever, which seems the prevailing attitude of people who conduct research and write these reports.
These empty nesters – yes, the greedy ones with empty bedrooms that could be filled by ‘young families’ - scrimped and saved and bought their home many years ago. Why should they move out and into what is called in the article ‘a seniors-friendly housing option’.
No, go away and think up some other plan for your ‘young families’ and leave us empty nesters alone. We’re not going anywhere!
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