Tiny Homes, Big Hearts

Our goals at Tiny Homes, Big Hearts (THBH) are to get homeless people including the Veterans and drug addicts off of the streets and into a safe and secure environment where they can get help and encouragement for their plethora of needs so they can get to the point where they are back to being functional citizens that can eventually work their way into jobs and society within their comfort zone. This requires various amounts of help, assistance, training, and often medical care for each unique person.

We will provide housing, medical and psychological care, training, counseling, and other types of assistance in a unique environment that will be conducive to the comfort of the person who wishes to return to a normal lifestyle. They will be part of a very unique situation that will be comfortable and while motivating and encouraging them where they will have all of their needs met while healing and getting back to a normal place in society. When people feel that they are ready to resume a place in society we will have counselors and job placement for them as well as everything else they need to get started down a path of success.

As of 2017 there were 554,000 chronically homeless on the street, which means they have been on the street for several years and are unlikely to have a change in circumstances without help. There are a total of over 3.5 million homeless across the United States some for whom this will only be a temporary situation, up from 2 million in 2009. Unfortunately, the number has drastically risen since 2010, when Obama put his plan for the homeless into action, which took us in the wrong direction giving us more homeless than ever before. Currently, there are over 114,000 chronically homeless people on the street in California. We must have a new plan and a new direction. (Numbers are from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2017, and the article “California Today: State’s Homeless Population Drives National Increase at nytimes.com/2017/12/21/us/california-today-states-homeless-population-drives-national-increase.html, and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty)

Overdoses from drugs or alcohol among younger homeless people were more than twice as common as overdoses among those of the same age who were not homeless. Substance abuse is both a cause and a result of homelessness. 80% of homeless youth use drugs or alcohol as a means to deal with traumatic experiences they face as a homeless person. An individual with a hardcore heroin addiction may spend an average of $5,600 per month on heroin. Addictions that expensive often lead to prostitution to pay for the addiction. According to Didenko and Pankratz, two-thirds of the homeless report that drugs and/or alcohol were a major reason for their becoming homeless. (Numbers from Seattle Times’ Project Homeless Program and “Homelessness and Drug Addiction: A National Epidemic which is an article at 12keysrehab.com/drug-addiction-and-homelessness/, and Didenko and Pankratz, 2007 in Substance Abuse and Homelessness published by the National Coalition for the Homeless, July 2009.)

Severe mental illness among the homeless in general is only about 13-15%, however, among the chronically homeless that number rises to between 30 and 40%. For that population, mental illness is clearly a barrier to exiting homelessness. (Article: Five Myths about America’s Homelessness by Dennis Culhane at washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/09/AR2010070902357.html?moredirect=on)

Below are the estimated number of chronically homeless separated by race.

  • White                                260,979
  • African American      224,937
  • Multiple Races            35,745
  • Native American       16,796
  • Pacific Islander           8,525
  • Asian                                6,760

(Number of Homeless people in the United States in 2017, by race at www. Statista.com/statistics/555855/number-of-homeless-people-in-the-us-by-race/)

Nearly a fifth of homeless youth in the United States and Canada are victims of trafficking. 5% of female respondents reported that they engaged in “survival sex,” or had been trafficked in the sex trade in some way, however, it was even higher at 56% of transgender youth respondents, and lower among male respondents at 25.3%. 95% of the youth who were sex trafficked reported a history of child maltreatment-including sexual and physical abuse. 67% had not graduated from high school. Abuse at home and a low education level were two of the things that lead to the highest levels of sexual and human trafficking. 67% of homeless females report being offered money for sex and 22% of homeless youth who were offered money for sex had this happen on their first night being homeless. (“One in Five Homeless Youth Is a Human Trafficking Victim, Studies Find” this report comes from the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola University New Orleans and can be found at https://phylanthropynewsdigest.org/news/one-in-five-homeless-youth-is-a-human-trafficking-victim-studies-find) More than a third of all working adults with jobs that did not pay a living wage had at least some college education or a degree. According to 2014 census data, the poverty rate for college-educated Americans jumped from 4.4 to 5 percent. This means it could happen to anyone, this means you, so we need to do something now while we still can! (“I’ve Been Homeless 3 Times. The Problem Isn’t Drugs or Mental Illness-It’s Poverty at https://www.vox.com/2016/3/8/11173304/homeless-in-america )

A mix of used hypodermic needles, human feces, and other trash litters the streets and sidewalks in a large section of downtown San Francisco, Santa Ana, and multiple cities along the United States. It’s a problem that has grown by epic proportions in recent years and has many concerned for the health and safety of our citizens.

Used needles and feces are hosts for many serious diseases. If you do get stuck with these disposed needles you can get HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and a variety of other viral diseases. Dried fecal matter can pose additional risks for airborne diseases such as rotavirus, an intestinal infection that can be deadly for children. If you happen to inhale that, it can also go into your intestine.

San Francisco spends over $60 million Street Environmental Services. The budget was originally designated to clean the streets, but it now includes washing the sidewalks.  Half his budget is spent cleaning up human waste and needles from sidewalks and homeless encampments.  During overnight hours, there are only nine public toilets available for 1,777 un-sheltered homeless people on Skid Row, and these toilets are largely inaccessible. United Nations’ refugee camp standards are one toilet for every 20 people.

Los Angeles currently has 31 hepatitis cases – 15 among the homeless and 16 gay men. Toilet access is a chief concern, as the disease can be contracted by ingesting or touching anything contaminated with infected feces. Homeless individuals without bathroom access defecating on the streets spreads the disease.

A permanent solution is the answer. Tiny Homes, Big Hearts wants to house every homeless person. An efficient yet cozy home with minimal impact on yard space and the environment.  Our Tiny Homes can adapt to almost any location. Resistant to termites, moisture, and fire, its strong, lightweight structure facilitates both easy construction and reduced shipping costs. By partnering with the best in the business we are able to bring a forever home to everyone. To follow along our movement text MAGAPR to 77453. Our movement is powered from contributions like yours.

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