Transitional Housing and Expectations correlated to
VITAL SEQUENTIAL NEEDS in Human Development.
G i v e a m a n a f i s h , a n d y o u f e e d h i m f o r a d a y ; S h o w h i m h o w t o c a t c h f i s h , a n d y o u f e e d h i m f o r a l i f e t i m e.
B r i t i s h / C h i n e s e P r o v e r b !
a. Micro-pods fulfill Level 1 needs for personal safety and security, clothes and few belongings.
A Micro-pod “village” can easily be assembled around a site that is already providing many of the basic human needs of clothing, food, shelter, and showers. This "village" should be assembled through cooperation between the homeless, and neighboring residents, and businesses, from the trash that is littering legal and illegal dump sites.
The pods would house single men and women, or couples, outside the service facility, while, at least one entry level family “aPODment would be created within the facility. If they were previously functional families who lost jobs, etc. they could be progressed to L-3 housing, as soon as available.
b. Community Services earn respect, restores dignity and sense of well-being.
Participants would be required to “volunteer” at least 4 hours a day in, or around the center and neighborhood. This service could range from food preparation and other services at the Center, to neighborhood maintenance and beautification They would be helping to build a loving and nurturing environment, not only for themselves, but with their “neighbors.”
2. Their next level of need is to acquire culture, to work and play together, share, be obedient and improve their communication skills.
a. The first step in this progression would be to learn the positive consequences of obedience to simple, “ground rules,” and negative consequences of disobedience.
- i. Panhandling would be forbidden, but replaced by service to the community and enrichment of their neiborhood's ambiance through performing simple street theater, arts & crafts market, and accepting donations.
- ii. Drug and alcohol support would be offered, but not required, unless their use becomes a disturbance to the Village, or neighboring community, at which time it would become mandatory.
- iii. Drug dealing, of any kind, would be forbidden and violation would have consequences from the opportunity to redeem himself/ herself to legal sanctions.
- iv. Medical Marijuana, has been successfully utilized for years, on a limited basis and under supervision, as a gentle and cost effective means to reduce anxiety while evolving away from dependency on hard drugs and evolving toward internalized means of relaxation and contentment through meditation and counseling.
- v. Visitors would be limited in time and number so as to prevent destructive social habits while promoting new constructive ones, including social events with the surrounding neighbors.
- vi. Clean clothes and linens ... No laundry, debris or trash would be allowed outside their pods, while provisions are made for cleaning and repairing clothes and linens.
- vii. Sinks, toilets and showers within the facility are maintained in clean and sanitary condition.
b. Retention and advancement in the levels of development are as individuals or as a couple.
Counseling is provided, and partners are given skills to nurture the progress of both. However, one partner will not be allowed to willfully advance in housing and life-style based on the sole efforts and progress of the other.
c. Efforts will be made to protect the participants from bad choices ,through controlled access to disability or retirement checks.
d. Recreation, as well as work is important to socializing the Residents.
Sports and recreation provisions would be highly recommended on both an instructional and supervised, as well as "free time" unsupervised level, with equipment access through a designated resident. Games that have rules, teach “teammanship.”
e. They will work in and share produce of a community garden, in the ground or in containers.
They should be instructed in planting, and maintaining an organic garden with their pod neighbors, in addition to their community service. When the produce is harvested, most is given to the Center to contribute fresh produce to their meals, plus healthy snacks, individually, in their pod homes. In this, they work together to learn and implement another life-skill.
f. Street theater/ street marketing, not only develop talents and discretionary income, through donations, but develop communication skills, as well.
Many may already have a known talent or skill to be showcased, but all have talents and skills that need to be uncovered, discovered and nurtured. Possibilities are endless.
3. The third plane of development is where an individual needs to develop his/her intelligence, creativity and capacity, plus useful life skills.
At this point, the evolving individual, couple or family could upgrade their housing to the next level, converted “Zombie” homes. These could be single family homes, duplexes, or commercial establishments that have been abandoned by inhabitants, are in disrepair and available, free to the city, by eminent domain, to be expressly used in a public service. Some foreclosed property, owned by the bank, could also be donated, if the tax write off they would receive, relieved them of the "burden" of an unsellable house.
Alcohol would not be included in the “family food budget,” but could be purchased from personal funds. If “alcoholism,” or any other addiction, is identified and interferes with personal safety, job, or “house family” relations, a “family” intervention would be held, and enrollment in a support group would be required. As before, furnishings, privileges and opportunities would be extended, or revoked, depending on the responsible use of them, and obedience to the ground rules.
At this level of development, participants have become considerably more self- determined in planning their job, career or entrepreneurial futures. Occasionally multiplexes or small apartment buildings will become available for claim through eminent domain. And, again, Examples of conversions will be provided in the Guide.
If a lot becomes available, through donation, or eminent domain, a lovely “doll house” village could be built..., affordably, budgeting one home at a time.
Just like the Three Bear's Porridge, the example to the left, is much too plain to be a beautiful asset to the neighborhood. The one in the middle, is wasting too much space around each home, and the homes are too large. The sample to the right is "JUST RIGHT:" small, but with "curb appeal." Again, accomplished by the residents, volunteers and donations.
As homes become available, through eminent domain, and are not being utilized by the residents who have progressed through the Healing Homelessness System, any of these L-3/L-4 homes could also be utilized by working poor who are working full, or part time at minimum wage jobs and rely on welfare support to survive.
This housing model also serves as an example to landlords, in the greater community, that converting some of their rental units to Tiny aPODments would be a win/win investment for them and both the working poor, and those who want to spend less on housing and more on quality life experiences.
You are invited to reflect on the ideas presented in this outline, then purchase Guides, through donation, along with other progressive and caring members of your community.
1. The first Guide will provide complete protocols for Healing Homelessness in your City, and translating both into prosperous, mutually enriching societies.
2. To effect the Transformation of your City, to a nurturing cluster of integrated Villages, you will want Guide #2, New Village Vision, a simple, but critical, step-by-step protocol for developing and nurturing the support, cooperation, and collaboration of various service organizations, businesses and individuals of capacity.
3. Also, to relieve your city of the volume of homeless that originated elsewhere, and enable them to return to communities with which they have roots, you may want to share this concept with other cities. Guide #3, Expanding Circles of Collaboration and Caring will give you several suggestions and materials on how to present this program to your neighboring cities and develop, an inter-community data base for your county or state.
TOGETHER, IN UNITY, WE CAN BE TRANSFORMING AGENTS OF SOCIETY.