The following information is based on the current, initially planned solution.
Will this project get 100% of chronic homeless off streets?
No. The City will have the space for ALL chronic homeless adults in America, and this project is working on creating overwhelming reasons for every aspect of the chronic homeless to want to live here, as well as want to stay. But ultimately, it is up to each individual to choose to live here.
What will happen to existing homeless shelters and support programs?
Most – if not all – shelters will remain open. There are over 550,000 homeless in America as of 2018. Citizens Again focuses on the most costly and most resource intensive segment of that group: chronic homeless adults, which consists of about 90,000 people. Therefore, housing programs still need to exist for over 460,000 homeless people.
If there are 100,000 chronic homeless adults, why build capacity for 150,000?
The City is being designed and will be built for the possibility of future population increases. It’s important to note that the capacity of 150,000 citizens is based on triple occupancy (3 people per room). And designing and building for larger capacities creates flexibility for future demographic changes.
Is this solution geared for homeless families with young children?
No. Families and children have different sets of needs such as k-12 education, pediatric healthcare, and more. In addition, many citizens could put children at risk living in the city. However, if any of the approximately 30,000 chronic homeless that live in shelters or existing housing decide to relocate and live in the City, that would free up that space for homeless families to get off streets.
What will be the qualifications to live in the City?
The City will use the Federal government’s definition of “chronic homeless” as explained in their Defining Chronic Homeless guide as a guideline.
Will citizens be able to use illicit drugs and abuse alcohol like the Government’s Housing First program?
People use drugs and alcohol to escape their pain. Citizens Again will provide a better environment along with support systems to improve their life, so it is believed – and some support programs have shown – that improved living conditions and supportive environments helps people break their addictions. More about this will be published later.
Can citizens come and go as they please?
Citizens will be free to leave any time, with transportation provided. Once they leave, there will be a 6-month waiting period for reentry to discourage frequent departures. Exceptions to the waiting period would be for family events and emergencies.
Are there plans for non-chronic homeless to live in the City?
Yes. With so many amenities, and support systems, it is possible others in need may reside in the City for short periods to take advantage of the counseling and psychiatric care and health care amenities. For example, returning veterans may live in the City to address PTSD issues and prepare for reentry into society; non-chronic homeless may arrive for surgery that would be cost-prohibitive in private hospitals; and more. These are areas that would be explored for possibilities.