A complete city for a complete solution
This goes way beyond today’s humanity minimums of shelter, clothes, and food.
This will be a place the homeless will want to move to, a community they’ll want to be part of, and for those that desire, an opportunity to gain life skills to integrate back into society.
An unhealthy obsession to help the homeless off the streets and into a better life led to the creation of this 700-page plan that details the vision of the City, including land use, buildings, logistics, processes, innovations, citizen life, community development, and more.
Undeniably unlike any other effort to end homelessness.
It will be designed and built to handle America’s entire adult chronic homeless population. For example:
- The City will manage a population of 50k/100k/150k based on single/double/triple occupancy – more than enough for America’s chronic homeless adult population of approximately 90,000 people.
- Dedicated on-site facilities for medical, vision, dental, hearing, etc.
- Dining: 4 on-site kitchens and cafeterias with 4,500 seats with multiple eating times.
- Every facility, venue, and public space will be designed for a 150,000 population.
It will provide a greater range of benefits to society at a lower cost than any previous effort. For example:
- Significant cost savings by housing and caring for America’s most costly and burdensome chronic homeless.
- Cost-effectiveness provides a greater range of services to help those that desire to break the homelessness cycle.
- The City can provide a more humane environment to those most in need.
It will be designed and built to last a millennium as a cost-effective solution to help the homeless. For example:
- Lower costs of long-term maintenance and upgrades by constructing with long-lasting materials, implementing ease-of-maintenance techniques, etc.
- Decrease operational expenditures by buying in bulk, using innovation and technology to streamline processes, appoint qualified citizens for city jobs, etc.
- With earned profits from revenue received via on-site industrial, manufacturing, and office jobs, the City can lower taxpayer dependency.
- Reduce people entering/re-entering homelessness with proactive and preventative services, including on-site counseling, educational services, job training, career guidance, placement services, and working with outside agencies.
It will meet the needs and wants of the homeless by providing the 20 Building Blocks of Humanity all people need. For example:
- Create a place they’ll want to come to, stay at, and try to improve their lives.
It will be a solution people will want to be part of. For example:
- Provide a better, healthier, happier life for the chronic street homeless
- Free up resources for cities
- Remove burdens on public
- Give peace of mind to relatives of the homeless, knowing their loved ones are in a safe place.
The City will be unlike any previous effort to help the chronic homeless.
Other homeless housing efforts need to be located within the urban core to be close to homeless services, welfare offices, public transportation, jobs, food banks, and more. But the City will be self-sustaining and has no external dependencies.
Being outside the urban core provides tremendous benefits:
- No NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) pushback from neighboring residents
- Lower land costs
- No space/land limitations
- Much fewer construction limitations
- Expedited design, permits, and construction
Having a single location with a large population allows opportunities for economies of scale.
- Massive cost savings when buying in bulk: food, clothes, materials, supplies, materials, etc.
- Costly facilities and services would be cost-prohibitive with lower populations, but become cost-effective with larger populations.
- Cost savings by bringing services such as medical/dental/hygiene, meal prep, laundry, etc., in-house instead of using external for-profit businesses.
- Reduce costly redundancies with staffing and facilities using a single location versus 1,000+ locations across the country.
Cities across America struggle to get new shelters and housing for even just a fraction of their homeless – but Citizens Again will have room for all of them.
- No waiting list for housing
- No more being pushed around from encampments
- No limitations on shelter qualifications
The City will utilize modern security technologies to create a safer city while relying less on roaming security teams to catch or prevent negative situations.
CCTV video cameras will be used to view in real-time, and record, every location in the entire city.
Safety teams and AI software will monitor video feeds from all across the city to watch for escalating situations, crimes in progress, and track high-risk offenders. The goal will be to prevent negative situations from occurring, minimizing problems in progress, and reduce/avoid false accusations.
Safety Teams will be visible throughout the City in unobtrusive ways.
Specific areas of the City will be set to trigger alerts to notify the Control Room Safety Teams when citizens are in areas they are not allowed.
Turnstiles ensure proper access for citizens to events, venues, meal access, their residential building, their sleeping quarters, job check-in, etc.
Fire Department and EMTs
As in any city, on-site fire departments and EMTs will always be available for emergencies.
The City will have all the buildings and facilities necessary for a population of 150,000 people.
- Day-to-Day Living
- City Management
- Sports Facilities
- Job Facilities
Citizens will live in the dorms, which consist of sleeping rooms, and shared bathrooms with private shower stalls. The City will have 4 neighborhoods, each consisting of 4 dorm buildings, totaling 16 dorms in the City. Each building will consist of 16 floors with 5 wings per floor, and 40 rooms per wing. That equates to 3,200 rooms per building (40 rooms x 5 wings x 16 floors); 12,800 rooms per neighborhood; and 51,200 rooms for the entire city. Each room can be configured for single/double/triple occupancy.
Each of the 4 neighborhoods will have its own cafeteria and kitchen. Each building will consist of 3 stories: including a kitchen basement, first floor serving and seating, and top floor open space for additional seating and community activities.
The City will have a 285-bed hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services, emergency services, surgery, and TBD specialty services.
Two healthcare service buildings on each side of the city, will include medical offices (providing primary care), optometry (eye tests, eye health, receive glasses), orthodontists (all dental care, including exams, teeth cleaning, root canals, fillings, and more), mental health & therapy (psychiatrists, therapists, family and group therapy), and personal care services (barbershop, hair salon, nails, and more).
A permanent carnival installation – consisting of 4 Acres of attractions, mild amusement rides, games, events, and entertainment – will be located in the City Park.
Each neighborhood will have its own 4-story entertainment hall. Each floor will have specific purposes: arcade, TV pods, social area, and quiet floor.
A multi-purpose venue with a 3,500+ person capacity will be used for special performances, concerts, lectures, religious services, and other events that need theatre seating with a large stage.
This will be a privileged access area where citizens with certain earned levels, or who are willing to spend credits, can enter and enjoy specialty foods and restaurants, coffee shops, lounges, activities, and more.
An 18 screen multiplex theater with 4,200 total seats will play a range of movies.
Variety of permanent and traveling museum exhibits. Artwork could include historical reproductions.
The 4-story Social Hall is a place for citizens to gather, socialize, and enjoy numerous venues for DJ music, live music, comedians, and other various acts. One floor will be a dedicated area for citizens to socialize, play cards or board games, read, and more.
The City will have a 50,000 seat stadium for large-scale events such as concerts, lectures, sporting events, and more. A covered stadium roof will minimize noise leakage to City residents.
Located in the Entertainment Hall in each neighborhood, TV Pods are rooms with tiered seating for about 50 people to watch TV on multiple, large screens. Each TV Pod will play a unique channel, giving the entire 1-acre floor many viewing options.
The Administration building will handle all management functions for all aspects of the City. In addition to offices, the building will also include employee cafeteria, fitness center, lounge, outdoor park, employee services, and more.
Facilities & Stadium Storage
Various warehouses throughout the City will store park maintenance tools, street cleaners, equipment, supplies, stadium equipment, and more.
Fire & Security Stations
Each side of the City will have its own combined Fire and Security Stations.
This service center will assist citizens arriving in the City, as well as process departing citizens, facilitate drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and contain a holding area. The building will include sleeping quarters for citizens, healthcare screening rooms, classroom auditoriums, cafeteria, activity areas, and lounge.
Various safety stations will be placed throughout the City to provide a visible presence and immediate assistance for citizens.
An indoor aquatic center will provide citizens with a variety of water activities: including, multiple swimming pools, lazy river, lap pools, lounge areas, locker rooms, mild water attractions, and outdoor lounge with more pools.
A 50 lane bowling alley with a large spectator viewing area.
Indoor fitness club complete with basketball courts, weight room, and studio space for fitness classes.
Two themed 18-hole outdoor mini-golf courses.
Outdoor Activities Complex
Covered and uncovered areas for leisure sports and activities, including volleyball, ping pong, shuffleboard, bocce ball, and much more.
One acre skate park with bowl, ground ramps, numerous handrails, ledges, blocks, and more. Bleacher seating will be provided for spectators.
A large open field in the City Park to be used for various activities, including soccer, Frisbee, and open play.
Each neighborhood will have sports courts that include basketball, handball, and other activities, along with bleacher seating and lighting.
Tennis courts available for drop-in or organized play.
A 4-acre outdoor botanical garden will include meandering paths through a wide range of gardens and collections of attractive (and hardy) flowers, plants, sculptures, creek, and other garden elements.
An approximately 34-acre park, complete with a large central plaza with fountain and seating, walking paths, lake, creeks, outdoor stage, trees, plants, flowers, and more. The City Park will also contain the Flower Conservatory, soccer field, and Carnival.
Dog Kennel and Park
Housing and park for citizens’ dogs they bring with them to the City. This area will include a 2+ acre outdoor area with trees, plants, pond, obstacles for climbing and playing, and a large area for the dogs to run and play.
A large greenhouse with plants and flowers from around the world.
Japanese Tea Gardens
A tranquil and natural landscape with Japanese aesthetics, meandering paths, Zen rock gardens, ponds, bridges, buildings, waterfalls, and more.
Each neighborhood will have surrounding parks where residential buildings and cafeterias are located. Each neighborhood park will have plazas with large amounts of seating for socializing and waiting outside for mealtimes, seating with game tables, trees, flowers, lawns, water fountains, statues, interactive elements, pathways, and bike parking. Each neighborhood will have similar, yet, unique elements.
Factories and Warehouses
Citizens can work to produce items to be used in the City, as well as external sales of items. Factories will provide on-the-job training and employment for citizens who choose to work. Items produced include items used in the City, items the City will sell externally, and items manufactured for other companies.
The City will have six 7-story office buildings where capable and willing citizens can perform outsourced work for other companies. Jobs will include call-center and other back-office work.
On-site apartments, located on the perimeter of the City, will provide free or subsidized housing for City interns and employees, including therapists in training for their service hours. Cafeteria services may be provided.
A 3,000+ seat church will provide multi-session, daily church services.
The Citizen Services team will provide various services to assist citizens with issues they may have while living in the City, as well as providing preparation for those that intend to leave the City.
Staff will provide various educational programs, training, and classes on a variety of topics ranging from GED certificate programs, arts & crafts programs, music classes, industry-specific job-training classes, and more.
Hotel for Visitors
The City will have an on-site hotel located on the perimeter of the City. The hotel will offer complimentary stay for visiting family members and friends of the citizens, as well as complimentary lodging for visiting entertainers for the City’s venues, visiting athletes for the sports arena, and for traveling interviewees for open staffing positions.
The City will securely store all citizen possessions in on-site storage lockers, so their personable items are available when/if citizens choose to leave the City. Items will be cleaned and sterilized prior to storage.
A designated private indoor and outdoor park-like area will be available for citizens to visit with their visiting friends and family.
The City will offer a wide variety of amenities to contribute to the citizens’ overall happiness and well being.
- Private or Shared rooms
- Locking dorm rooms
- Communal bathroom facilities
- 24/7 access to private showers
- TVs in room
- Clean sheets
- Laundry services
Remove Life’s Burdens
- Paying bills on time
- Home maintenance
- Vehicle maintenance
- Getting enough money for things
- Lake with rowboats
- Paths for walking and biking
- Open grassy fields for activities
- Koi ponds
- Flower gardens
- Long meandering creek
- Statues and artwork throughout
- Japanese Tea Gardens
- Year-round carnival
- And more
To minimize boredom and keep citizens entertained, the City will strive for the goal to have enough activities and entertainment for citizens to go 60 days without repeating any activities (if desired). These are categorized into full-day, half-day, 2-hour, and 30-minute activities.
Attend Visiting Performances
- Magic shows
- Sports teams
- Bocce ball
- Cards and board games
- Frisbee golf
- Lawn chess
- Mini golf
- Aquatic Center
- Arcade games
- Air hockey
- Ping pong
- Arts & Crafts
- Community dances
- Cooking classes
- Dance classes
- Music classes
- Social hall
- Church services
- Take on leadership roles
- Teach classes
- Work city jobs
- Attend Lectures
- Get a degree, job certificate, etc.
- Learn new languages, instruments, etc.
- Read books (on PADD or in Library)
- Teach classes to others
- Volunteer around the City
- Spectator sports
- TV (TV Pods, TV in dorm room, etc.)
- PADD (videos, etc.)
- Movie Theater
- Movies in the Park
A variety of services will be provided to help all citizens.
To achieve short-term and long-term success, the City will have active participation in assisting the needs of its Citizens.
All arrivals will go through a thorough – yet, easy to understand – onboarding process to help prepare them for City entry and will receive:
- Health checkups and services, for medical, dental, and vision needs
- Blood tests for communicable and infectious diseases; quarantine if necessary
- Assistance with personal hygiene and grooming care, including hair cuts, trim fingernails, shaves, makeup, etc.
- Assistance with alcohol or drug dependencies
- A personal case manager to assist with integration to the City. If needed, work with a counselor or therapist
- City Orientation training to get to know the rules of the City, safety and security procedures, educational and personal growth programs, City processes, venues and facilities, availability of jobs, and more
Once arrivals have completed all onboarding tasks, they will be ready for entry to the City and to become citizens. All new citizens will be assigned a citizen Buddy to help mentor and guide them around the City and answer questions – with the ultimate purpose of helping them with City integration and make friends. For the first week, each new citizen will have a daily check-in with their assigned case manager. When appropriate, those check-ins will become weekly, and then monthly.
In addition to drop-in service centers to assist citizens with day-to-day living, all citizens will have an assigned counselor to assist them with issues they may have, answer questions, or provide any assistance regarding the City. Counselors will track and document the directional progress of their assigned citizens.
The Citizen Services department will provide assistance to citizens with issues they may have while living in the City, such as: changing dorm locations, roommate conflict resolution, reporting issues in the City, PADD replacement, etc. This service center will also assist citizens in preparation for leaving the City, such as job and housing placement assistance, life skills training, address/resolve legal issues, obtain drivers’ licenses or REAL ID cards, and more.
All citizens will have full access to all necessary healthcare services.
An on-site dedicated hospital and medical center are on-site for citizens. All citizens will receive a full medical exam on intake, and issues will be addressed.
The City will provide full dental services on-site. All citizens will receive dental exams and cleanings at intake, as well as regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings, and other necessary dental care.
All citizens will receive regular vision tests and receive necessary eyewear at intake and will receive regularly scheduled exams.
To assist with traumatic, psychiatric, drug and alcohol dependencies, the City will have on-site counselors and therapists for one-on-one and group therapy sessions with citizens. Possible video chat therapy services will be utilized with remote counselors. Medications will be prescribed as needed, and citizens will be monitored to assist with consistent consumption.
The City will have barbershops, beauty shops, etc. All citizens have access to showers 24/7, clean clothes, clean linens, etc.
Educational services will be offered to help those that wish to prepare for re-entry into society; as well as those that just want to better themselves.
Citizens can learn job skills, life skills, and more.
Certificates & GED
Various degrees and educational program certificates can be earned.
Arts & Crafts
Classes involving creativity will be offered, including painting, drawing, photography, crafts, and more.
Citizens can learn how to play instruments, record music, and more.
The safety and security of all citizens is vital for success. So the City will utilize a range of services and technologies to prevent negative situations from occurring, minimize problems in progress, and avoid false accusations.
Security Teams will be visible throughout the City in unobtrusive ways and will work in conjunction with the Security Control Room teams who monitor CCTV video cameras to prevent and address at-risk issues.
Fire Department and EMTs
As in any city, on-site fire departments and EMTs will always be available for emergencies.
Security Control Room
Safety teams and AI software will monitor video feeds from all across the City and watch for escalating situations, crimes in progress, and to monitor highly-probable offenders.
Significant resources will be provided to assist those that wish to integrate back into society, so they have the best chance to end their cycle of homelessness.
Life Skills Counseling
Clear and simplified guidance to help gain the skills needed to succeed on their own. This includes cooking, paying bills, financial management, and more.
Citizens can get trained in new fields of work, including many jobs within the City, and including on-site factory and office jobs.
After training, citizens can gain valuable on-the-job experience.
Job Placement Assistance
On-site counselors will work with outside employers across the Nation for job placement.
Housing Relocation Assistance
City staff can assist in finding and placing of those wishing to leave the City.
Case managers will assist in helping obtain driver’s licenses, finding external counseling and group therapy meetings, and assisting with other efforts to help departing citizens get their life back on track.
The City will provide its own case managers, as well as work with outside agencies, to assist and follow-up with help and guidance once citizens have moved back into the general public.
All decisions made on this project fits into one of these categorical goals.
If they don’t come, then it won’t be successful. So to attract as many homeless as possible, it’s vital to create a destination that overwhelmingly fulfills their needs and wants, is highly desirable, and is too irresistible to pass up.
If they don’t like living there, they’ll leave. So the City needs to be a safe place to live, have plenty of amenities to prevent boredom, and be a place where they can feel a sense of belonging to the community.
It’s vital to break the cycle of homelessness. For those that wish to reenter society, the City will provide the opportunity to gain life success skills, job training, counseling, and placement services to help when they leave. Case managers and outside agencies will assist and follow-up to help with success.
If it’s too expensive to maintain, then it won’t last. By creating a city from the ground up, costs can be reduced through a variety of ways: streamlining operations with automation and technology; implementing methods to simplify city maintenance; utilizing on-site solar farm; employing citizens for jobs around the City, and generate revenue from selling city-sourced products and services.