Solving the homelessness problem

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I think everyone would agree that one of our basic needs is to have a roof over our heads, shelter. In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs it is on the lowest base of the pyramid with self actualisation right at its pinnacle.

The global homelessness problem is seriously a gigantic initiative that would be best resolved when the collective intelligence network is up and running. Which at this point, it is only just beginning.

That said, the problem, (like many problems) is best served into segments, or communities. As the circumstances surrounding each situation is going to be multi faceted and complicated. Third world homelessness is very different ( though both share many parallels) to western, first world homelessness.

Now dear reader, this is where I will elaborate on some of the meanings and reasons for the #”s that are used for the collective intelligence network.

#thestronglookaftertheweak, this is a founding principle and something that I feel very strongly about. It underpins, motivation, morals and ethics. It is a little bit, knights of the round table and encompasses, integrity, honour (honor for you American readers), courage and loyalty.

To me, if you are physically strong, then you are obligated to look after those that aren’t. In this respect, there would be no bullies.

If you are financially strong, you look after those that aren’t. In this respect there would be no world poverty.

If you are mentally strong, you look after those that are less capable. In this way people would be exploited less and not be as gullible to nefarious intentions.

#theworldislookingforleaders, This ties into the above by way of, if you are in the strong category, then leaders need to rise from the ranks and show the way for other leaders to follow. Leaders incidentally, don’t create followers but rather they create other leaders.

As our world is presently very much tied to money, then I particularly believe that our billionaires can do a lot more. This is particularly true when a recent finding stated that around 80% of the worlds wealth is held by around 8 people. Yep, they could all pretty much fit in a golf buggy together. Which perfectly segues into the next #

#enfjbillionaire, my Myers Briggs profile is an enfj and I haven’t really been able to find many or maybe not even any (Oprah Winfrey perhaps) who are billionaires. It is the reason I want/need to be one, to show the other billionaires how they could be. ENFJ’s act altruistically and want others to be the best that they can be. I commend you, if you haven’t already done so, to take a free online test and find out your type. It will help you understand why you think and act the way you do. I found it incredibly inciteful as it helped me to understand why I thought and acted as I do. Which also is apparently pretty rare too, as around 2.5% of the population are enfj and even smaller 1.6% are male. Yes my pronouns are he/ him.

Now that, if you’ve read this far, you have a better understanding of my drivers, then not being able to solve world homelessness yet ( like Elon Musk with his offer of $6 billion to the UN to come up with a solution to world hunger, a collective intelligence network is needed- incidentally one solution- vegan!), I did think and do these things.

Here is one blueprint that I think could work and be replicated. Now if I was a billionaire, I would buy 50 properties in Sydney (acting locally thinking globally) at a cost of say $2million each one = $100 million (all asset which grows over time). I would then employ 50 caretakers/managers for each property at a cost of $100 thousand per annum each and 50 psychologists at a cost of $150 thousand per annum each.

Most people who are homeless are there obviously for a variety of reasons, however, drugs, alcohol and mental health issues would be very high on the agenda. The above scenario would allow for 5 people to be accommodated in each residence, so they are no longer homeless. There would be a caretaker to oversee things and a psychologist to help each person, so that over time, they can be integrated back into society as a functioning contributor.

Notwithstanding whilst this was happening, data mining, research and pre-cursor reasons for red flags of homelessness causes before they are too entrenched would be undertaken. In this way society would be able to develop systems and processes that would divert people from being put in the predicament to start with. Not an easy task I know but a collective intelligence network would best serve us with solutions.

Okay, so I’m not a billionaire (yet), however via a collective intelligence network and crowdfunding, the same outcome could be achieved I believe.

It was sometime in December 2019, that on the front page of a major newspaper I read an article that had a picture of an Australian Army slouch hat and a headline that read, “The Rest We Forget”. The article went on to state that ex defence members here in Australia, were three times more likely to be homeless than those that weren’t ex serving members, ie Joe public.

I’ve mentioned earlier ( in a story post about land mines) that I served in the Royal Australian Navy. Well I also served in the Australian Army, Royal Australian Regiment as an infantry parachutist. So clearly the newspaper article did not sit well with me at all and I set to task devising a three pronged approach as a solution to deal with it.

The first prong was to deal with the homelessness issue. The second, to help with any mental health/drug issues and the third to get them back into the workforce.

This is how it would work in the real world. Whenever a homeless person turned up at a drop in centre or soup kitchen, they would be asked if they were an ex defence member?

If they answered, “Yes”, then they could be given access to a temporary tent city or tiny housing set up on a section of land at any number of RSL Clubs around Australia. Effectively they are now off the street and no longer homeless.

The second prong, involves psychology and counselling sessions held in the RSL Clubs sub branch meeting rooms. RSL Clubs were set up for returning service men and women in June 1916 and have strong connections to serving and ex serving defence members.

The third prong, was to have them involved with organisations like, With you with me, which translates military skill sets into civilian equivalents. They have partnered with major employers and also provide people with training in areas with high growth demand, such as in cyber security, data science and much more.

They were founded by ex military members and came into operation around 2 weeks after my discharge from the Navy in 2016. They have won numerous awards and are now operating in Canada and the US I believe.

I then submitted my proposal to the National President RSL Australia. To the CEO of the Salvation Army, the head of Withyouwithme, the person who wrote the original article and to the then Minister of DVA (Department of Veterans Affairs) Darren Chester.

I heard back from the Minister’s office, informing me that everything I said was spot on and that it would be tabled at an upcoming round table meeting, at which, RSL Australia would also be present.

In the last edition of a Vet Affairs newspaper that was sent to me, I was impressed to see an ad by RSL Care, which incorporated a lot of what I’d talked about but wasn’t the same and was missing important bits. So of course, I rang them and gave them the background story and as requested, emailed them the missing components as per my proposal.

Much more to come, please stay tuned…….

#allofusaresmarterthanoneofus #thestronglookaftertheweak

#enfjbillionaire #originalcin #theworldislookingforleaders

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