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Tommy and all,
people end up homeless due to lack of sufficient economic
opportunities. For most this is a statement of the
economy, not an issue rooted in their own failing. We can
by the disappearance of the mass size middle class of the
century, having been now transformed into a mass size poor
the 21st century.
see nothing out there changing this long term trend. Given
expecting to put the most vulnerable back into the
through Transitional housing, Rapid rehousing, and Housing
First, has proven to be largely ineffective over the last 40
years or so in
establishing long term housed people.
think its high time we deploy additional opportunities for
wish. Given prevailing reality, we must work within the
laws, until such time as we can change them.
solutions that are low enough cost that they are within
reach and can
be scaled up.
are uplifting, placing the individuals involved at the
center of what
is going on.
ends meet in the face of declining incomes, can be done if
for ourselves and with each other, an increasing portion of
have done this throughout history, it was done in the US on
widespread basis as recently as 130 years ago. Currently the
do this, some land based intentional communities to this,
bundles of money do this. The homeless have been forced to
in the most untenable ways.
what some people, homeless and otherwise could do, if they
were not on the run, all
too often. And had modest access to materials to build tiny
and cottages, opportunities to grow a garden, a place to
things and perhaps run a small business of their choosing.
can be done on a very low per person budget, if there were a
people wanting to make it so. Clearly getting such an
going will take some money, to get up and running. However
done in a
most cost conserving way, it can cost as little as 1/10 the
the other low cost options, and in time can be self
When the wealthy need rest
and drug rehab they go to beautiful places with cottages and
nature. When poor people need help they are filled with
drugs and placed in a room with 4 white walls, this is not
Fortunately the garden and
enjoying working on projects, with no pressure is.
that is a rendition of what I see as a viable option, what
On 6/3/2021 2:32 PM, Tommy Kiser wrote:
ok, thanks very much for this Jayme. I’m much newer to focused
activism on this issue than probably most on this list, so I very
much appreciate the added historical perspective.
Would you consider the village approach (individual
shelters, shared services, etc.) to fall under the umbrella of
“Housing First”? That is the sort of solution that seems most
promising to me at this point if adopted widely. That’s the sort
of thing I was hoping to advocate for with this message.
Of course I also realize no one approach will solve
the entire problem, I’m also wholly in favor of more
services/outreach to camps and meeting people where they are,
while we work towards longer term solutions.
All that said, I realize this issue is insanely
complex, and there’s no great way to boil it down to one or two
sentences. But if you had a few seconds to give a very short
message to a large audience, what would you say that you think
might make an impact? (Maybe this is the question I should have
asked this group to begin with.)
And thanks Donna for the background on the Alliance.
Great to hear, and I look forward to watching the webinar you
On Jun 3, 2021, at 1:52 PM, Jayme Delson <jayme@...
Housing first is Transitional housing without
the barer to entry of substance abuse, this is a good
upgrade in my opinion.
Sadly Transitional housing (housing first) in
general has an poor track record on mid and longer term
outcomes, in the cases that are tracked which are few.
(Under 20% remain housed longer than 6months or so) its
no ones fault, as you say living wage jobs are needed.
However if you think as i do, that that is not the
prevailing long term trend, than how could this work? I
have watched this for 40 years now, its just getting
I am happy for the few it helps. I am sad for the
majority who are asked to trod the bridge to no where,
over and over again. To say nothing of the mental
health impacts of the few who do gain housing, with no
upward mobility, and 4 walls a TV, no yard, no
uplifting culture, or way out. For most this is a
perfect recipe for depression or worse.
On 6/3/2021 11:20 AM, Donna
I recently saw a webinar
from the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Yes, they are a good group.
Policy in the Recovery Plans (recorded
webinar) May 12, 2021
From National Alliance to
The webpage has a video
of the webinar, a transcript and a set of excellent slides from the
second speaker, who was from the Center for
Budget and Policy Priorities.
Donna L Cohen, MLIS, MEd
Civics for Adults – and
Others – Workshops: To Enhance Civic Knowledge
and Inspire Political Engagement
Hi all - really appreciate everyone on
this list and all you’re doing to make real change
for our unhoused and housing-unstable neighbors.
I just wanted to solicit some opinions
from the group. I’m making a short film right now
that’s meant to make a statement on houselessness,
and I was looking for a website to link to in the
credits for good explanations of housing-first
solutions, and the importance/efficacy of them.
The potential audience is national (not
local/state level). The call to action is to
support housing-first solutions and living wage
jobs, and to demand the same of elected leaders.
I found the National Alliance to End
and from the website it looks like they have some
really good data and messaging around the topic.
Anyone here have any experience with them? I
looked them up on Charity Navigator and they have
a good score there for fiscal transparency and
accountability. Mainly want to do some due
diligence and make sure they are a worthy org to
drive traffic to before I highlight their site.
(Not that I expect millions of viewers here, this
is just a personal project, but nonetheless.)
Any thoughts or opinions are welcome
and appreciated. Also if you have any other
organizations or web resources to suggest, please
send them my way. Thanks in advance!