Homelessness will always be apart of our society until we can move past the competitive arena. That said, it doesn’t have to be as severe and constraining as the current circumstance in Seattle / New York.
Homelessness can be attributed to two categories:
- Individualistic Problems
- Mental Health, Addiction, Domestic Violence, etc.
- Managment Problems
- Money, Zoning, Inaction, etc.
To alleviate these problems we need to work on long-term solutions and not continue to put out the fire.
Open safe space clinics in something similar to storage facilities for addicts and individuals – making people feel they’re apart of a new community and that they have a place to be productive when they’re ready. Force is not the answer.
Funding – where do we get it? Look at the region and see what outpaces the balance. Real Estate and tech are the two big ones in the Seattle area. Tax or incentivize the Real Estate industry. “Cash-for-cars” the single-family homes and devise an initiative to streamline the rezoning effort. Tax homes over $750k. Incentivize tech and businesses to showcase their support for the homelessness initiatives – work with review website (google, yelp, zillow, likewise, etc.) to display a banner for the businesses that donate or show dedicated support.
Create an institution with the authority to reprimand inaction by government officials. Consider the loopholes and indecision.
Effort, experience, generational-empathy, and community-willingness will prove most valuable.