Saturday, March 24, 2012

This just in: homeownership not all that.

Maybe you've seen Aimee Phan's essay, "Housed." It appeared several days ago on Guernica & has been growing on me. It's a resonant personal memoir about family expectations for prosperous stability, the myth of homeownership as ipso facto prosperous stability, and the sneaky sense of relief that follows the collapse of both. And the mildewed, foreclosed aftermath. And the distress of a two-year-old who only knows that the real estate lady doesn't belong in her home.

Also, if you want nuts and bolts, it's a case study in the inadequacy of HUD foreclosure relief programs.

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