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A Home for Everyone

Updated: May 16


My proposals to strengthen Boston for all of Boston. No longer concern just for the elite few.

 

Homelessness:

 

There are over 1,000 homeless souls in the City of Boston. People left homeless and wandering on our streets.

 

My plans:

 

  • Work with city and state detox and rehabilitation Programs to provide 24 hour access to beds for treatment and rehabilitation.

  • Begin identifying and creating rehabilitation group homes for those newly out of treatment.

  • Once group treatment has ended, identify homes for those in recovery. Either single living or living with a roommate.

 

A new approach could be establishing partnerships with other cities where those in recovery could move for a change in their recovery and growth.

 

Rent:

 

  • Boston must create an ordinance banning property owners from charging any prospective tenants earn 2x to 3x the rent monthly to live in their property.

  • Create a database of property owners willing to rent to formerly homeless persons and families. To rent to those in recovery, seniors, the disabled and felons. A database that would include those with low or poor credit.


 

Innovation on homelessness and housing.

 

I propose a program that would guarantee property owners who take in so called high risk tenants that if the tenant doesn't pay their rent. The program would pay their rent due.

 

The property owner would not be left with no rent and a loss.

 

The tenant who did not pay would be moved to the back of the list for future housing.

 

Tenants would be given regular case management and support. Would be required to take classes on budgeting and other programs for successful tenancy.

 

Homeless Shelters

 

Boston needs ordinances on Homeless Shelters operating in the City of Boston. Homeless people are first.

 

Putting people on the street in the mornings with nowhere to go and no resources is not helpful or supporting.

 

I would put a task force together on Homeless Shelters to create guidelines and rules for operating Shelters in the City of Boston.


Homelessness


About 30% of people who are chronically homeless have mental health conditions. About 50% have co-occurring substance use problems.


People with untreated serious mental illness comprise an estimated one-third of the total homeless population in the United States and an even higher percentage of women and individuals who are chronically homeless.


Veterans


Thousands of America's service members face minor to severe mental illness.


About 45% of homeless veterans experience mental illness • 70% experience alcohol or other drug abuse problems.


5.6 percent of more than 300,000 Veterans who had been referred to VA anxiety or PTSD clinics experienced homelessness within the one-year time period.


Incarcerated Veterans with homeless histories reported more mental health and substance abuse problems, especially drug abuse/dependence


Seniors


America's Senior Citizens have paid their debt to our nation. Mental Health Care in this population to help these seniors live a comfortable healthy life.


Over 20% of adults older than 60 years suffer from mental or neurological diseases, apart from headache-related ones, causing 6.6% of total disability in people of this age group.


Depression is a mental health condition that can affect people of any age. More than 1 in 10 older people experience depression. 


The 3 main causes of depression in older people are poor physical health, social isolation and loss.


Mental Health and Race


Native Americans or those who identified as one or more races had the highest rate of moderate to severe anxiety, with 83% of those screened reporting moderate to severe symptoms. Almost half, 46% of those who identified as Native American reported having thoughts of suicide and self-harm.


Native/Indigenous people who meet the criteria for depression, anxiety, or substance abuse disorders are much more likely to seek help from a spiritual and/or traditional healer than from specialty or other medical sources.


Due to high levels of poverty, many Native/Indigenous people in America face economic barriers that prevent them from receiving treatment.



Black Americans Black and African American people living below poverty are twice as likely to report serious psychological distress than those living over 2x the poverty level.


Adult Blacks and African Americans are more likely to have feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness than adult whites.


There is a stigma regarding mental health care in the Black Community. The stigma is carried over from Slavery when Slaves were not provided mental health care.

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