On a single night over 600,00 people across America experience homelessness — finding themselves sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter. Homelessness with our Veterans is not only a big problem but it’s a national American disgrace! To fix the homelessness tragedy in America – there has to be an understanding of what exactly displaces people on the streets.
“We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can’t solve,” says Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle.
Here’s the thing – attack the core of the problem and innovative solutions will follow… The Miami region is doing just that.
The homeless population are finding a new way of living by working at a 22-Acre Organic Farm and Restaurant in Homestead, Florida – a suburb of Miami. The Miami Chamber of Commerce decided to do something about the growing number of homeless in their county, more than 10,000 have been placed into housing, including 145 families in the most unique solution yet– an organic farm and market. A military base reduced to rubble during Hurricane Andrew became the site for this sustainable community which features townhouses, social services to transition people from the streets, a 22-acre certified organic farm and year-round farmers market with job training for the cultivation of nursery plants. The goal is to transition people for the “real-world”.
This is very clearly – the brink of a great idea! Instead of the focus being solely on soup kitchens and handouts – finding ways to engage the homeless is the key to solving it! Mother Teresa summed it up well – “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”
The podcast addresses the homelessness problem head on – listen in…