Florida has the third highest rate of homelessness in the United States. About 40% of people who experience homelessness have a disability. There are some things available for people who experience housing insecurity, but not a whole lot to help people get on their feet. There’s not many places that will offer a home outright to people who stay in shelters or people with very low incomes.
I have studied Universal Basic Income (UBI). Through the test trials that have been done on UBI, we have learned that most people actually spend the money on things they need. What’s more, Finland offers homes to people who experience homelessness and has seen a significant drop in homelessness because of this. It was with these things in mind that I decided to start a new nonprofit to help those who experience housing insecurity, Housing Initiative of Florida.
We are a Housing First organization that will be offering grants to those who experience housing insecurity. We are in our pre-launch phase right now. Our goal is to help solve the issue of housing insecurity. Our mission is to provide a pathway to homeownership to at-risk residents of Florida. Grants will be issued to eligible residents of Florida to purchase a home in Florida.
This is a way to get people off the streets permanently. It may seem like a radical idea to some, but the obvious solution of giving people homes or money to purchase a home is one that has rarely been tried in the United States. Yet, in the places it has been tried, it has been shown to work. This audacious plan is required to keep people off the streets. We hope you’ll join us in meeting our mission and serving the communities we love.
(Originally posted a The New Floridian.)