I am posting this on the Homesteading forum for informational purposes and as a separate thread so it doesn't get lost elsewhere. I have recently learned that the state of Maryland and other states have programs that involve the refurbishment and restoration of properties deemed to be historically or culturally valuable in return for "life leases". So you pay the bucks and do the sweat equity over a given amount of time and in return you can live there in a "life lease" forever. Maryland is the originator of this concept, I don't know where it exists elsewhere and I'm mentioning it because my DD, a historic preservationist, has just been named manager of the Maryland program. Google "Living History In A Maryland Farmhouse" for more info or the Maryland DNR conservatorship program.
This would not appeal to many but might appeal to some here. I'm pointing it out as an option to those who would like to invest today for tomorrow, have a source of funds, and see themselves in one place for a long period of time. The concept is amazingly non-traditionally governmental in my opinion.
We've always encouraged our kids to pursue their passions. Friends were critical 'cause we weren't pressing professional job training skills. Now that their kids are living in their basements they can get great advice for (almost) free. lol She's very passionate about bringing the history and cultural resources of the Americas to the public.
They keep adding more to the properties available. She went out this past week to look at a new one on land the DNR is looking to acquire. She is trained in what is called "historic site survey". She evaluates a site's potential for restoration, renovation or remodeling at each of those levels. The historic sites are referred to as "cultural resources". Other states have similar programs, I just don't know which ones. I know she is speaking in Virginia tonight with folks from a similar program there. In the meantime, she signed up for a home inspection program to widen her scope and just took and passed the national boards. She was the only female in the class. That's disappointing to hear.
I asked and she says there are no programs that she knows of but that doesn't mean none exist. Massachusetts, Delaware, and I think she said New Jersey have them. California just passed legislation to allow for such a program. One of her goals is to create public awareness and legislative support for the value of such programs in other states. Meanwhile she called this afternoon to say she had gone to check out a 1920's property that has great potential. Beautiful old stone and wood house in disrepair. It even has a separate, free standing, two room "summer kitchen". You can have too many cooks but never have too many kitchens, IMO lol
Guess if they accept the recommendation it will eventually become available to a curator or curator family. Things move at the speed of...government. I was frankly surprised anyone stuck with the program after learning it takes upwards of a year for paper processing. Some of the curators are from out of state and use the homes for vacation so if anyone here needs another project just give her a call. >:)