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Bruce Tom

Sheltering Hope

Establishing transitional shelters for the homeless to reintgrate with the community


As our population grows and competition for available housing becomes more expensive, an increasing amount of people are becoming homeless. Overbearing entry requirements and long wait lists for current low-income housing increase homelessness due to lack of availability and ease of entry. Individuals frequently find themselves fending for themselves wherever they find refuge rather than waiting for public shelters. The city of Salinas has focused on converting old motels/ hotels into affordable housing. While this method would be less costly and require less time than creating new developments, there are not enough options available to help the homeless off the streets. This project proposes that temporary shelter solutions be implemented until more permanent housing accommodations can be established. It also establishes connections with the existing parks to increase public interest and interaction with assisting the homeless.

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