Well, I almost forgot it was Friday again! :-) I was browsing videos at You Tube. Housing is a big topic for me. I watch a lot of Tiny House videos, and found one by a channel called Invisible People. I think they are in the Los Angeles area of California, but that was only a guess. I made a very long comment about the isse, which I kept for my records, but I think I will share it here. I mentioned several of my own ideas on housing and government... maybe one of my readers will be able to use them to help the homeless in their area.
Let me know if you think any of these quickly shared ideas has any hope of being implemented !!
Well, just going to add my comments to the conversation... not sure they will be seen at this date. I hear comments only register right after posting. :-)
I heard Santa Monica so I am guessing it's a CA location.
I heard safe zone is only for COVID reasons. Where will she go as restrictions are lifted.
I wonder if there are any worthwhile updates about her situation... housing, job, future?
I read some of your materials but relying on the government to be all answers to all people is not going to help the nation. Taxes can only go so far. The government has promised too much, abused the funds it has already received, and doesn't seem to think it will ever go bankrupt because, after all, the people can pay more, right?!
The options that are available need government approval, not always funding. That is a long hard and sometimes futile process. People like you can make changes on your own. You are a charity. Raise funds for housing projects. Buy land and build a community for the people you are advocating for.
Tiny Houses are legal in California... see what you can do with them... will you make decent housing or just something to cover a human from the elements? Rehab old trailers, RVs, make cheap containers into housing, create something like a KOA for a small homeless community - they would house tents, cars, campers, and even include cabins for some.
I think a quarter acre is right for a family, but urban housing often exists on a tenth of an acre. Buy them all over the city, by transit for poverty transportation needs, and create single living spaces.
I think homeless options exist on the top floors of parking garages. They have water pipes (for fire requirements) so they can be divided by parking spaces and be modified for cooking and showers and laundries. Parking garages are generally by transit I think. Security options can be created to protect all. The idea is to STABILIZE, so no time requirements... duplicate the options to include more homeless people.
Churches have been a resource for centuries. The problem is zoning... again, the government needs to approve changes that don't cost money. Porta-potties seem to work for this option. Electricity can be worked out. Help can be found in the congregations. Some churches are by transit. Some church members have skills that might help a homeless person or family... like mechanics to fix cars or trucks. Once a church finds out if the person is worth helping more, there might be more opportunities for the individual or family. Time is always a good thing when people are good people.
Find out what exact properties the city (govt) owns that might be available for use. Make sure you get an agreement in writing that says the project is forever or there will just be another problem in the future. Make a purchase of any land by transit or some life need. Create housing there.
I have the idea that housing needs to stop being a subsidy for the developers and become a small income source for the government. See if you can get them to establish a new home ownership program where the payment is the traditional government charge of 30% of income... it will change the future for everyone in the whole USA once it gets going. It becomes non-tax income, but there needs to be a fund in place to pay for the property when a new buyer is created, which would be a pre-approved homeless person. The seller would see an income from their efforts to improve their property over the years of ownership...maybe use that to buy a new home for themselves.
Look for ways to house people that will take them off the streets and provide for their human needs...spread the efforts all over the city so all the homeless are not in one general space like Skid Row... FIND places, look for things you can do, what other non-profits can do, what the homeless can do for themselves.
viewed 24 SEPT 2021 [probably about 10pm]
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Other than that, I have been fighting the battle to survive myself.
I finally did some experimenting with my resin supplies yesterday. I am happy about the experience. I now have to decide what to do with the pieces I made. With resin there is a layering process. I am trying to create things I can sell at my ETSY or EBAY shops, or provide as a benefit to my PATREON supporters.
I haven't been doing good with my ART efforts the past couple of weeks. Been busy with other things. I cut about three watercolor paper pads into sections to use. Now to use them.
Eventually, I will find the crafting directions I want to focus on.
FAITH... it's been a slow path recently. I think it seems to follow the amount of struggling I do in my life, the harder it is the more I seek GOD. That seems to be the way it goes for all of us... we just see the suffering, GOD sees the lesson to be learned... or the part of His plan that needs to be accomplished... or the consequences of our sins or someone else's sins.
I have always figured GOD is up to something if I can't find a way out of what is happening.
Maybe it is my life He's working in, or maybe it is someone else's. I have to trust Him either way... look for the answers, and wait if I can't find them.
I shared an old photo I found recently on one of my Patreon posts. I think I will end with it here. I pray GOD is close to us and helping us to find our answers. GOD is the only person I have ever had to trust in. I think I will keep my focus on Him.