Every city should have a space allocated for homeless people who cannot take advantage of homeless shelters either because of pre-conditions or no space available.
These areas would have restroom, shower and laundry facilities. The homeless people that stay here can bring their own tent or acquire one through a borrowing system (they would need to do something in order to purchase their own or the tent would remain on the property for future residents.) There would also be different levels on the land that increase in quality (better tents, electrical outlets, more scenic areas, etc)
These areas would be constantly monitored by security guards and zero tolerance for drugs, alcohol, uncivil behavior, littering and other things that could cause unrest or danger for other residents. Every tent would require exterior lighting such as solar powered yard lights.
There would be a point system. Violations would result in point loss which could eventually result in eviction. Point gains can be achieved by volunteering for littler pick-up, fire watch, and perhaps security. It also can be gained by residents who demonstrate and act upon the desire to improve their lives, such as applying for jobs, becoming more self-sufficient (obtaining food stamp cards, medicaid, etc.). These points can be used for rewards and perks, such as vouchers for movie tickets and other things. (these could come from donations).
Of course, I know nothing about going about such an endeavor. Maybe it’s futile but I’d like to at least try.
There is the issue of the property. Perhaps there is property someone would be willing to donate or sell for cheap in exchange for a tax write-off. There is also the issue of city ordinances and charity laws and things like that. Again, I have no clue.
If anyone out there has any ideas for me, please let me know. I really want to do this. Perhaps a system can be developed to roll out onto other cities to help their homeless.
I consider myself an idea man first, but I do not know how to get my ideas acknowledged much less realized, which is one reason I am in the predicament I am in.
So please, assist me in this endeavor in whatever way you can. Send me ideas, get me in contact with people who have the means or resources to get something like this started. Hell, have people that just know how to get things done get in contact with me.
Let’s do this together.
Here is a rough and work-in-progess Facebook page. Please pass the word!