The Carbondale Observer

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Housing Crisis in Carbondale

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I have limited time to comment on this right now, but I’d like to direct readers to Councilwoman Jane Adams’ blog post on the housing crisis brewing in Carbondale. Campus Habitat, which owns numerous properties in Carbondale, is likely to have several of its units declared uninhabitable today. That’s interesting enough, but the odd beliefs of the owners of Campus Habitat are also very interesting. From Adams’ blog:

So what’s the story on Campus Habitat? Saint Germain Square and the Metropolitan, as well as Saint Germain on the Hill on E. Park St., were operated primarily by Lucy and Ralph Yaney, with partner Debbie Thorsen from St. Louis. The Yaneys also own The Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles. Ralph Yaney is a Beverly Hills psychiatrist; his wife Lucile is a therapist. They were associated with Elizabeth Clare Prophet, aka Guru Ma, who founded the Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT). Elizabeth Claire Prophet taught a syncretic blend of Christian, Buddhist and other spiritual traditions. Saint Germain is one of their “ascended masters.” He is the lord of the seventh ray and his color is violet or purple. That solves the mystery of the purple panels.

I’d encourage readers to read Adams’ entire post, which you can view by clicking here. The Carbondale Times also had a good article on this issue. They don’t have a website I can link to, but you can pick up a free copy of the paper almost anywhere in Carbondale. The Southern Illinoisan is also covering the story at this link.

I’ll add that I lived at the property in question for several years during the early 2000s. I moved out the year Campus Habitat took over the property. It looks like that was a good decision.

I’ll likely have more to say on this issue in a future post.

Comments are welcome.

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Written by The Carbondale Observer

August 5, 2011 at 7:45 am

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  1. Funny, I always considered a crisis in city government, to be something outside of what the city is easily capable and setup to do. Zoning problems aren’t a problem in Carbondale. Does it go slower than some would like? Yes, but that is OK, the owner’s property rights need to be respected.

    The real crisis in Carbondale is in the economic situation (or lack of it) and the continual decline at SIU. Slow moving city workers being stonewalled by slum lords? That is standard.

    This story makes a great headlines, but crisis? Not so much. Of course, we don’t do anything about a real and difficult crisis, until it is too late. That is the American Way!

    Invisible Person

    August 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm


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