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  1. Build new cities in America! Increase housing supply and help our nation grow!

    Imagine if you built new cities in desirable locations and you could start with a clean slate? No zoning laws, no planning commissions, no NIMBYism (Not in my backyard) homeowners preventing the growth needed to ensure we Americans have affordable housing across all income levels. Perhaps we could find land in America where farmers and large landowners could be enticed to sell their land. We could build case-study cities utilizing all the knowledge and wisdom urban planning gained over several decades and try building great cities from scratch instead of trying to retrofit existing ones.

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    • Rapid Rehousing and Housing First

      Rapid Rehousing and Housing First are principles and priorities which have many positive attributes.  With reasonably funded programs based on these principles, it is possible for many individuals and families to more quickly from the experience of homelessness, to housing stability. 

      When these principles are imposed as the only approach for which any reasonable level of funding is available, the result is the creation of dependencies and people with no desire to gain self-sufficiency. 

      It is important that the implementation of programs to serve our homeless neighbors always include the elements of goal setting, accountability and self-improvement.  The number of…

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      • Coordinated Entry for Homeless Programs - Illusion rather than solution.

        Coordinated Entry is a good concept, much like rapid rehousing. Without in the absence of a supply of housing that is actually affordable, it just becomes a waiting list, containing only a tiny representation of the people in need of housing.

        When a good idea is implemented in a manner that it becomes the solely funded and required means of serving our homeless neighbors, the “good” declines rapidly.  The combined factors of ineffective screening and a lack of responsiveness (either by choice or limited opportunity) by those on the coordinated entry list, results in significant delays in housing - along with…

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        • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

          HMIS could be a vital component for ensuring that our neighbors receive the support that they need in overcoming barriers to gaining self-sufficiency and permanent housing.  In the most simple terms, HMIS collects information concerning the provision of government funded services to neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.  As with all such data collection systems, HMIS continues to grow in terms of the complexity and intrusiveness of required data.  Although neighbors receiving services can opt out of providing data, agencies are penalized if too many people exercise their rights.  Privacy issues aside, HMIS represents a massive sinkhole of resources that could…

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