I have noticed in my diocese that some parishes have land that is not in use; and I have begun to wonder why. I figured some possibilities are that it could be an investment worth holding on to so that the land can either be built upon or sold. Then excluding the financial problems that come with building on undeveloped land, needing investors, the logistics behind developing land for use etc…
My city alone is working in small ways to make sure the poor an homeless have no where to camp, and they have limited help through orgs that do provide short term rooms, food pantries etc… my curiosity is what would be the down side to letting those who truly need a place to camp safely , that are poor or homeless, to let them do so on undeveloped parish land. I am sure there is a legal aspect to which off hand I think the solution would be to hire a lawyer to draw up a simple contract that states those who camp on the site agree that said parish or diocese is not liable for x,y,or z. There wouldn’t have to be a giant neon sign pointing the homeless or poor to come an camp out.
That and what is involved to create a halfway home for the poor or homeless on such parish land ? I know catholic charities does have some such programs but when I researched for my particular diocese the nearest place is an hour an half away, so perhaps another question is, is there a way to ask such questions to catholic charities.
needless to say the next response is , it is the Bishop who makes such a decision on what to do with the land, granted, but one can not just strong arm a Bishop or even randomly ask such questions, with out first researching things inside an out, an it would be nice to have some kind of program outlined to bring to a Bishops’ attention if one wanted to do such an endevour.
Is it possible for a parish to come together to start a separate collection to build upon undeveloped land for the purpose of helping the homeless and poor. An how would one go about bringing up the subject to a parish, being of course the Pastor of the parish first, but is there someone with in the logistics of a parish that one could also contact before hand ?
again what if any would be or could be of concern. Could a city prohibit such a thing as well ?
It would be nice to even see some kind of shower and laundry area where those who are poor or homeless could be taken care of and be welcomed without being pressured on any level for anything.
Or as well intended as these ideas maybe are they in reality just not able to be done because there are simply not enough funds in a parish, nor people willing to volunteer in any form to such a project. An parishes are donating to other places that take care of the poor an thus no need to build such a thing on site. ?