Around the world there have been other cities that have taken homelessness into their owns hands by creating these mini homes. Some of those places include Florida and Utah. These homes, which require volunteer effort, community support and donations are being coined as the cheapest and fastest way to temporary end homelessness.
According to The National Coalition for The Homeless
- The number of homeless families with children has increased significantly over the past decade. Families with children are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. In its 2007 survey of 23 American cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors found that families with children comprised 23% of the homeless population
- On an average night in the 23 cities surveyed, 94 percent of people living on the streets were single adults, 4 percent were part of families and 2 percent were unaccompanied minors.
- Seventy percent of those in emergency shelters were single adults, 29 percent were part of families and 1 percent were unaccompanied minors. Of those in transitional housing, 43 percent were single adults, 56 percent were part of families, and 1 percent were unaccompanied minors.
I applaud this movement and the efforts put forth by this group of people. I love this idea and its extremely creative. However, I am also saddened. Is this the best America can do collectively to help provide shelter to the millions of homeless citizens within our borders? There are numerous services the homeless can benefit, but due to the abundance of people who are in need, communities are having to take matters into their own hands to see a real change.
These small pods may help some homeless individuals, but what about food, clothing, warmth, being able to take care of their hygiene or being able to cook healthy meals? What about the homeless families in need that may have more than just one person who yearns for shelter? They may have young babies or newborns that cannot fit in a small pod all together. It takes more than just a temporary fix, and more Affordable Housing and Transitional Housing Programs are needed.
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