This can actually work to your advantage. There is a headline card that freezes riots then gives you 2VP for every unrest cube past 8. If you can headline it when you are out of houses, you can give yourself a lot of VPs. I think my best using this strategy is 32VP in one Era.
Yep...a player tried this in our game yesterday...unfortunately for him, another player then played the headline card that freezes the riot track and just gives each player 2 vps for each cube they place n the track...so the original player got nothing from that card