Submission

Team

Homelessness in the community of Modesto
Title

Homelessness in the community of Modesto

Summary

Homelessness has become a very prominent feature in the city of Modesto. Everywhere you drive you are almost guaranteed to see at least one homeless individual, if not a group or cluster of people. It is a very sad thing to see, and there needs to be a concrete solution to this issue. Not only should there be homes or shelters to help these people out, there should be programs or people who's job is to help get these people out of a homeless situation.

Team Information
MJC Change
Category
Housing

About the Problem

Problem Category

Housing

Problem Context

Conducted in October of 2021, there was a recorded 2,927 individual who were homeless in the Modesto area alone. In 2020, there were 2,107 identified homeless individuals in the entire Stanislaus County. Homelessness is very heavily concentrated in the Modesto area, and there needs to be solutions to fix this issue and help these people.

How did you identify this problem?

This problem became apparent to me as I observed it in my daily life. I see a lot of homeless folks on the streets every day, whether I'm going to the store or going to work. This is a major issue in our community. There are men and women who have been homeless since they were children. If we get together as a community to address this problem, we can improve our community by getting these men and women off the streets and into jobs so that they can support themselves and their communities by working and setting a good example for other homeless people.

Problem Details

Who are those affected by this problem?

Those who have been afflicted by this issue since they were children are those who have never had a parent. There are also college students who are homeless and live in their cars while attending classes. However, the folks who are on the streets and have been on the streets for a long period are the main emphasis. Growing up without parents can be challenging since you don't have somebody to guide you through life and provide for you as a child. Having parents can determine whether you wind up on the streets or have a bright future. That is why, if we as a community band together to help these men and women off the streets, we will be able to make a difference.

How often does this problem occur?

This issue occurs on a daily basis; more people become homeless than you can think. Rent is quite pricey, getting a job is tough, and the minimum pay is low, so you won't be able to rent a place. Most locations require you to pay thousands of dollars as a deposit only to rent a house, and most individuals cannot afford to pay such a large deposit up front because they live paycheck to paycheck. And it is for this reason that the majority of people in the Modesto region, or anyplace else in the globe, become homeless.

How long has the problem been going on?

Homelessness has been an issue throughout the entirety of humankind. There is no difference in the history of Modesto. There have always been the less-fortunate citizens who have not been able to afford adequate housing for a variety of different reasons.

Is the problem disrupting the community? How?

This is a problem that is disrupting the community of Modesto, as well as other communities. For starters, a lot of the time homeless citizens are begging for money from other citizens. When doing so, they are commonly sitting on the side of a busy street, or crossing a busy road. This is also a safety hazard for both the homeless citizen and drivers on the road. On top of this, garbage and trash can be easily forgotten while moving from location to location.

Is the issue perceived as a problem by the community at large?

The community at large does see this as an issue. Although the majority of Modesto citizens are fortunate to have a home, there still is a very high count of homeless citizens. There have been very many articles and conversations about homeless citizens in Stanislaus county. There used to be a homeless tent city underneath the 9th street bridge in Modesto. This was a means of temporarily providing shelter for these citizens until a better solution could be fixed. In recent years however, officials had shut it down, proving that this is a large community issue.

Is the problem limited to certain geographic areas?

Homelessness is present all over San Joaquin County, especially in areas like Modesto, Manteca, and Stockton. Many homeless camps can be found on the side of highways, abandoned parking lots, or even in the streets.

Who are the Stakeholders, those wanting this problem to be fixed?

The stakeholders are the citizens of Modesto and the government. Ironically, homelessness costs the government a lot of money through welfare assistance, shelters, emergency rooms, and jails. Since homeless people are more vulnerable to diseases and mental problems, they can also pose a threat to public health and security.

Addressing the Problem

Are you aware of any solutions, approaches, or efforts to tackle this problem?

Local authorities have opened up homeless shelters and provided tents for hundreds of homeless people, but these are only temporary solutions and the number of homeless is only growing. Homeless in Modesto: The Tide Rises (thevalleycitizen.com)

What are the obstacles you are aware of to address the problem?

An obstacles would be the lack  of resources which are provided to be able to tackle this problem. As there are not enough housing and they are also competing  in the market with people who have the financial means. Also having a lack of family support which ended up making them grow up on their own.

What are the success criteria that could be defined to address this problem?

Some of the success criteria which could be defined to address Homelessness in modesto would be the lack of support as well as lack of a financial means. Also could be a decrease in mental health which could lead to this or Veterans who come back from combat.