ON November 16th, the Los Angeles Times put out an articles titled; Los Angeles tops the nation in chronically homeless people, federal report finds. The article is about the report, The 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress, which can be downloaded here – 2016-ahar-part-1, which starts with;

“On a single night in 2016, 549,928 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States. A majority (68%) was staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, or safe havens, and 32 percent were in unsheltered locations.”

In March of 2012, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan told us that it cost about $40,000 a year to keep a homeless person on the streets.  Politifact checked and labeled the claim “mostly true”.  In the Politifact-check article, they talked to Philip Mangano, the former homelessness policy czar under Bush, who explained the ‘housing first’ programs.  Their data from 65 cities shoes that they could house a person for $13,000 to $25,000 per year.

“We learned that you could either sustain people in homelessness for $35,000 to $150,000 a year, or you could literally end their homelessness for $13,000 to $25,000 a year,” he said. – politifact

Homeless EcoVillages are an even better investment for society.  In an EcoVillage, the homeowners/occupants will be able to grow their own food and live in a sustainable environment.  The initial costs for an EcoVillage can range, but a small house can be constructed for less than the low estimate of $13,000 – and once it’s build the maintenance costs per year would be minimal.

The costs to keep people on the streets will only increase, as will the land and building costs.  Isn’t it time for #HomelessEcovilleNOW ?

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Read through the live tweets about homeless and homelessness around the world.  Homeless Ecovillages can be arranged to fit any climate or environment – inner city to country.  A self sustaining  solution to the homeless situation around the globe.

CBS news also did a story about the report;

Homelessness declines across America, but is on the rise in California

On a personal note, I live in Richmond, VA, and the city has closed the park that we have fed the poor and homeless since 1993.  And, the we have just moved Food Not Bombs Richmond operations to a warehouse that we hope can feed many more people.  But we need your help.  All donations made through the Createspace fundraiser will be tax deductible as well.

Richmond, VA – Food Not Bombs
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If you would like to help build the Richmond Food Not Bombs Community Kitchen at Createspace, you can donate through their campaign at https://fundrazr.com/RVAFoodnotbombs.

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Thanks for your support.  We really appreciate it!

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