Nice article in the Huffington Post about spending time as a homeless guy. The guy was a Navy vet and claimed that the month he spent as a homeless guy was the toughest thing he ever did in his life. This is a short article on some of his experiences.
There was also a good article about the need for diversity in housing to address the affordable housing crisis. This talked about the many different funding sources necessary to put together affordable housing. This comes out of Seattle from a developer and legislator who is pushing for expanded rights to tenants and a comprehensive plan to build affordable housing or at least to use the resources that they have in a more strategic manner in Seattle. We have called for a similar plan in Cleveland.
Akron has gotten into the Permanent Supportive Housing Market. Congrats. Cleveland has about 560 units with plans for one more next year. We just completed our Teach In to showcase how beautiful these places are locally. We will post more on this in the next week. There was community opposition, but one local developer in Akron really pushed the proposal forward.
Washington Post highlighted the number of states with lower minimum wage laws when compared to the Federal minimum wage. This is part of the income inequality debate that is increasing at this time.
This is a sad commentary that I have seen before. The reality is that time spent homeless does decrease the lifespan of the individual.
Dr. Kelly Doran, an emergency room physician, sums it up pointedly: "chronically ill, chronically homeless patients who we see so frequently...are likely to be dead within a few years if we do not do something to change their situations."
It is for this reason on none other that we need to overcome community opposition to affordable housing. We need to save someone's life, and recognize that homelessness is a health care issue.
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