Homelessness Solutions

How can we reduce homelessness or provide homeless people with basic housing?

What are the key words?

Reduce, homelessness, provide , basic housing.

What exactly needs to be solved?

Getting basic housing, supplies and food as sustainably as possible

What needs to be changed?

The stereotype on homeless people, the opportunities, and the conditions they live in.

What is causing the problem?

Lack of education, abuse, traumatic childhood, getting kicked out, no money, overpopulation,

Why do we need to solve it?

We need to solve homelessness to ensure the world’s population can live a healthy happy life with basic necessities and have all opportunities. Homelessness also causes pollution, dirty streets and many more problems. Solving homelessness can help everyone, there would be more employment and jobs created. We need to solve homelessness, so the issue does not grow and escalate in the future and we can sustain basic human needs for everyone. 

Research, gather and analyse as much knowledge and information about the problem as you can. 

Who is at risk of homelessness? 

There are certain groups in society that are more vulnerable than the general population. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up only 3.3% of the Australian population. However, 20% of all people experiencing homelessness identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.  They also experience much higher rates of overcrowding. 

Children and young people living with a single parent or fleeing family and domestic violence are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. In the 2018-2019 period, 18% of people who received assistance from specialist homelessness services were under the age of 25. Additionally, children under the age of nine were overrepresented among children who received assistance from a homelessness service. 

Older women aged 55 and over have high levels of homeless and the proportion of older women experiencing homelessness continues to increase, with a rise of over 30% in the past five years. Additionally, older women experiencing homelessness are typically hidden from view, with many moving between family or friends or are accommodated in overcrowded dwellings. 

Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness in Australia and is one of the main reasons people seek support from specialist homelessness services. In the 2018-2019period, 40% of people in search of accommodation at specialist homelessness services had experienced domestic and family violence. This threat to their safety means that many women and their children are forced to leave their homes, often with nowhere to go. 

The common public perception of a homeless person is an older man with a drinking or drug problem who sleeps in an inner-city park or street. However, we know from our experience and Australian Census figures there is no “typical” homeless person. 

Homelessness can affect men, women and children from a wide range of backgrounds that are living in our cities, suburbs and country towns. 

The problem of homelessness is that it is often masked by the fact that homeless people move from one temporary solution to another, making do until they are able to find permanent accommodation. 

These ‘hidden homeless’ people move between the homes of family members or, as is often the case with young people who ‘couch surf’ with a series of friends. They stay in refuges, boarding houses, cheap motels, caravans and even cars. As you can imagine, such uncertainty often diminishes on a person’s self-worth and significantly reduces their capacity to go to school, find work and stay healthy. 

Homelessness therefore comes at a high social and economic cost to our society, which is why its prevention is so vital. 

How will you create a solution? 

– Use old apartment blocks 

– Get them mental health checks and assistance  

-Accept donations of furniture, clothing and food 

-In return the homeless will try find a job and get their life back on track 

-Government funding and donations  

What is your solution? 

Providing basic housing and needs to assist the homeless to get their life back on track. In return for housing, the homeless will try to get jobs to pay off some rent. 

How will it work? 

Make people sign an agreement to live up to their end of the deal and if a standard isn’t met then their house will be taken. 

Why will it work? 

It will work because there is a sense of motivation and purpose to work. It will also work because the homeless will want a house and basic needs which encourages the homeless to work and earn money.

How can you test the solution? 

Experiment with a smaller group to outline what works and what doesn’t. Once problems are fixed the solution can go into action.

Can you re-design and make it better? 

Yes, we can re-design to ensure there is more capacity and less government money spent.