Entry Submitted by Pat at 4:19 PM EDT on April 11, 2017
"To Sue, Pat, and Dolphin" by D.N. - 4.11.17
Yes, D.N., your vegan restaurant idea and Sue's superfoods definitely fit in with my free grocery store. Great ideas!
Dancing Dolphin, thank goodness you have the expertise to put together a network website for the humanitarian projects. Thank you! I believe Bruce, on the Big Call, is having an online network created, but I seem to remember it's more oriented in the coordination of infrastructure projects with his "Rebuild America" idea.
I've also been researching homelessness to find out the problems.
Major issues are:
1. Motivating hardcore homeless to stay in programs. Many go back to homeless within 3-4 months, because they don't like the shelters.
2. Shelters are dehumanizing to many, with no privacy.
3. In many cities (especially here in the Pacific Northwest), apartments are very expensive and not enough of them. People with low wages have a hard time finding affordable apartments, much less a homeless person making the transition.
4. Communities want to provide homes to the homeless, but they put up a fuss if you try to build facilities in their neighborhood. People don't want them in their neighborhood for fear it will bring home values down in that area.
I came up with a solution for all of the above, and later found some very successful pilot programs in Texas were doing something similar to what I'm proposing. The only difference was location of the villages. To expedite homing the homeless and "dangling a carrot" to keep them in the program, I'm proposing the following to the local communities to see how it could work nationwide.
1. Commission mobile "Tiny homes " to be built for the homeless.
2. Purchase RV parks in the area and they become beautiful homeless villages.
3. Each RV park will have a community center with the necessary support programs to help homeless transition back to society and get help for mental/drug issues.
4. Each Tiny Home will have one raised garden bed and one of the necessary duties of living there will be to grow flowers and vegetables in your plot.
5. At least 11 hours of weekly community service will be required, of which, it could be helping to contact other homeless on the street to get them in the program, or help the building of the Tiny homes to gain skills for a future job.
6. If the homeless person stays in the program 18 months, and has a current paying job ( for at least 6 months), their Tiny Home is deeded to them and they are the owners. They can stay in the RV park, or move it to a new location at their will.
We have several Tiny Home builders in our area and they do ship them all over the US. The nice ones which I would want, run around $75,000. Built in 6-8 weeks.