Homelessness needs to be addressed in MANY different angles, because it doesn’t concern a finite set of elements/causes
1. Foster care: Between 30-50% of foster parents drop out of fostering each year despite the increasing number of children in foster care to about more than 440,000 today and no longer is foster care being a temporary, safe place for children anymore – more foster youth are falling into homelessness. We must provide for more transitional living programs, where our youth are taught how to budget, build a credit score, train and look for a job, and receive therapy counseling and mindfulness tools, while communicating to our communities that we have a moral responsibility to make sure our youth have safe families to live with. We are one human race as well, and sometimes, we forget this.
2. Modular housing units/Federal funding/More creative, collaborative efforts with state/county/city governments: It doesn’t make sense that with the $1.2 billion that was approved in our county a few years ago towards building housing for the homeless, that we only have 22 units, with each unit costing more than $600K to build. It’s absurd! We can build modular, portable units at a fraction of the costs, while also building immediate housing units at an even smaller fraction. We must launch investigations into the county and city developer agreements for housing, and those for the homeless, and have them pay back taxpayer money to go towards supplying these modular units as well. We must also be creative and look for unused school buildings, church buildings and others in which we can house our neighbors who don’t have a roof under which to sleep each night. We also can quickly act to provide more land to be used as RV parks, along with providing financing/use options for RVs, while increasing federal funding for these ALL of these various efforts, while also engaging in other collaborative ways to work towards housing for the homeless and providing affordable, collective housing arrangements with state, county and city governments as well.