Mother Jones: Room for Improvement

Housing First is a viable option to end chronic homelessness. We see if working in places like Salt Lake City, UT and Santa Clara County, CA, Cutting the costs per person in half (homelessness costs cities through the services that get utilized like police, social services, hospital and emergency care, etc) and opening up new avenues for treatment for those who want it.

“Ironically, ending homelessness is actually cheaper than continuing to treat the problem. This would not only benefit the people who are homeless; it would be healing for the rest of us to live in a more compassionate and just nation,” Tsemberis says. “It’s not a matter of whether we know how to fix the problem. Homelessness is not a disease like cancer or Alzheimer’s where we don’t yet have a cure. We have the cure for homelessness—it’s housing. What we lack is political will.”

Read the entire article here.

Kindness Captured in a Photo – A Man Gives a Barefoot Homeless Man His Shoes

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Tampa man gives homeless man his shoes and it's captured in a photoA Tampa man, Oscar Aquino, gave a homeless man the shoes off his feet in a random act of kindness that’s getting wide-spread, and deserved praise online.

Oscar 29-years-old, said he walked out of his store on Wednesday to see a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk. That poor man was eating crackers and sipping a soda.  

Aquino noticed the man’s black and torn up feet, chatted with him for a moment and asked him his shoe size.

Aquino then took off his new Jordan athletic shoes and gave them to the man. He turned around and went back to work, like it was nothing.

That moment was captured by Carla Rose on her cellphone. She saw the two men speaking and, as she watched what unfolded between the two men, she snapped a picture.

Aquino had no idea what Rose had done until he got a phone call…

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Our home and tiny house network is growing!

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BIG
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Movement…

The Sustainability Revolution with Seth Mansur

It is so nice to meet so many others interested in the tiny house movement and building community. We have made wonderful progress on our home, and may even be able to move in by mid May up from my earlier estimate of June 1st!!!

We have learned a lot from my father Jon who has been the leader making it all happen. It is amazing to see how efficient days are when he is here, compared to my endless puttering to get something done…

For anyone interested in seeing our building plans and pictures in addition to those on this blog, feel free to explore our public google drive folder we are regularly adding to:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B6WGsAhfljFxflhHY2dRRHZ3UW9uWjNtY2hDT0pJclRad2FnY21iMnc2aVdLZnZ1YWhIZEk&usp=sharing

And here are a couple pictures of recent progress on our home:

In addition to the physical building of our tiny house, we are using this as an opportunity to connect with as…

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10 Facts About Homelessness: Fact 9

Fact No. 9 reflects the seriousness of mental health and substance abuse. While it is not a fair stereotype, up to 1/4 of those who find themselves homeless suffer from mental illness and about half of those also have substance abuse issues. For some people, substance abuse is a form of self-medication. Some folks became homeless due to addiction or mental illness and some only begin using illicit substances and/or alcohol because of their homeless status. There are many sides to this Pandora’s box.

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More Homelessness Myths and Facts

The Greater Seattle Cares program published this report in 2013 on 26 commonly held misconceptions about homelessness. These myths & facts apply across the nation, no matter what location.
Here’s an excerpt and fundamental philosophy shared by The Habitation:

“Ending a complex problem like homelessness requires a commitment from all members of our community–government officials, philanthropies, faith and civic groups, communities of color and their institutions and organizations, businesses including small business owners, housing and service providers, and concerned individuals…As a community we can–and we will–end homelessness.”

The state of being homeless is a multifaceted issue for many. A one-size-fits-all approach to eliminating homelessness does not work. We need multiple options available to meet the needs of the unhoused. With community involvement we can make a difference! Will you help us in our efforts to bring a Tiny House Village to the Kenai Peninsula? If you would like to find out how you can volunteer, please contact Krista Schooley at 907-252-2081 or e-mail at: thehabitation@gmail.com.

Recipe for a Beautiful Body…

“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”
― Sam Levenson

Plumb in the sun

Looking forward to our first build! In the near future!

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Good morning!

It’s Monday, and although I am not too excited for the start of another work week, I am thankful for the progress that was made on the tiny house build this weekend. Even with our primary builder Dusty getting pulled away to another job site, we managed to get all of the walls up and framed 4 of the 13 windows!

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We are really excited to see the house take shape as the pile of construction materials begin to dwindle. It’s also encouraging to see that our estimates for building supplies has been really close to what we are actually using.At this point we have a few items to return, but very little waste.

We got a lot done, but might have been able to get even more done if we hadn’t changed the size of the kitchen window at the last minute, causing a little bit of…

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10 Facts About Homelessness: Fact 7

 

Still in the affordable housing vein, Fact 7 highlights the housing crisis and unemployment crisis we have been facing for the past several years.
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Unemployment is down nationwide, yes, according to the numbers. The reality is that people are qualifying for less time, no extensions, and required to fill out work search requirements in order to prove you’re trying to find work. But finding work here on the Kenai that can support a family can be difficult. Tourist season is imminent and along with the summer months comes increased job opportunities as employers ramp up for the extra business in months ahead. Unfortunately the same time period sees a dramatic increase in rents for many available properties. And most of these jobs are temporary and low pay.