I need help formulating a proposal on this topic: Homelessness is due to lack of affordable housing. I need to consider the following things in my proposal. Can someone help me with how to do...

I need help formulating a proposal on this topic: Homelessness is due to lack of affordable housing. I need to consider the following things in my proposal. Can someone help me with how to do this?:

1) how this project could be funded, and where the housing would best be located and why,

 2) what kind of housing would be best suited to the needs of the homeless (apartments, houses, condos),

3) addressing the concerns of those who might disagree with your proposal (maybe because it would be expensive, or because they don't think it would not help).

Expert Answers
M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since your thesis statement is that homelessness is a direct result of lack of affordable housing, then your first step should be to look into HUD, which is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This agency's focus is to help all Americans find "a" place to live,

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. ...build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.

Hence, according to the HUD's services to the homeless, one of the initiatives is the extension of safe, clean, free, or low-income affordable housing communities to avoid experiencing the horror of being completely destitute.

There are two types of homeless help that HUD offers already. Emergency housing is for situations where the homeless person has either just lost his/her home, or for special cases that have not been taken to the government yet. These are shelters, most of the time, containing what are commonly known as "soup kitchens" or instant food dispensaries ran mostly by volunteers.

The second is income-based and low-income housing. These are either housing or apartment communities located in city centers where other services are available such as schools, hospitals, and other businesses. This type of housing can be offered completely free of charge but there are regulations that MUST be followed in order to keep residence in there. For instance, inspections for housing conditions are made with no notice as well as drug tests to determine whether these government properties are being used legally and ethically. Income-based is often, as its name suggests, based on whatever the resident can afford but they are also subjected to mandatory regulations.

So far, the answer to your first two questions are

a) HUD would fund the low-income community and

b) The type of housing, as expressed before, depends entirely on HUDs funding for materials. For the sake of space and projected completion time, apartments are often the bids that earn the contracts with the government. These communities are usually located in city centers so that the residents (which may or may not have personal transportation) can make use of other government services and have access to schools and hospitals with ease.

When it comes to concerns or arguments against, or in favor of, the creation of low income communities, the reality is that Americans do not have a choice except to complaint, if that were the case.

This is because HUD was created with the principle that all Americans are born with the same amount of rights. Housing should not be a burden, or a challenge, for us to work together to move our country forward. Every single individual has a right to claim a niche. Our particular government, as a democratic and constitutional republic, is supposed to safeguard this and many other rights.

Yet, those who are on the receiving end of the deal must make it worth it. Keeping their areas clean and safe shows pride and dignity as well as gratitude to all the taxpayers whose paychecks are covering for much of these projects. In any civilized country, giving and taking must be an equally-benefiting situation. With low-income housing, the idea is that the government will give you a stepping stone for you to continue to grow individually, financially, and professionally and, eventually, become an independent member of society. That would be the optimal situation.

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