Homelessness is one of the major problems currently ongoing within our community. With the rise of renting or buying a house, increase in pricing within bills and everyday supplies, and people struggling to meet ends meet within their occupation status, people are becoming more homeless living on the streets and hoping for better days to come.

Team Information
Affordable Living

About the Problem

Problem Category

Affordable Living

Problem Context

Although homelessness can be identified within at least 3 categories: housing, affordable living, and economics/poverty, we chose affordable living as it seemed the most reasonable to choose.

How did you identify this problem?

With the major growth of homelessness since the pandemic occurred, it has left people mentally and physically exhausted to try and find other occupations aside from their current in order to continue living under a home that would protect them from natural disasters and caused health problems (that the people have not known or recognized before) to decrease their chances of survival.

Problem Details

Who are those affected by this problem?

People within the poor and low-middle end social class would be greatly affected by this problem. Those who work multiple minimal wage jobs as low as $15 would struggle the most with surviving and not having to become homeless as housing rent and bills would rise every few months and minimal wage does not increase to keep up with constant increase in pricing and billings until a few years later. Those who are also jobless are greatly affected by this due to lack of education or situations they have based on their status within the nation (whether an immigrant or a citizen who does not get as much benefits from the government due to lack of requirements).

How often does this problem occur?

This problem occurs often, and is increased when the economy experiences inflation.

How long has the problem been going on?

This problem has been occurring for a long time with the poor class of society constantly facing the same problems throughout every generation and low-middle class having a similar situation whenever they would lose their position within their minimal wage occupation, although with the recent rise of inflation within the community, this chance has increased and more people are leaving major cities that are too expensive to afford living in.

Is the problem disrupting the community? How?

The problem may cause major discourse throughout the community as not everyone is able to give as much as before to help others live affordably as they too may be struggling to meet ends meet.

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

This issue is perceived as a majorly large problem by not only the community, but the entire nation.

Is the problem limited to certain geographic areas?

This problem is not limited to certain geographic areas as it can occur anywhere.

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

The lower end of the societal ladder are stakeholders who really wish this problem can be fixed for most, if not all people.

Addressing the Problem

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

Yes, there are possible solutions, approaches or efforts to tackle this problems. We, as a community, could possibly increase minimum wage for people to gain motivation to apply and work more, increase prices and billings related to housing by a month (if it's every 5 months, maybe make it into every 6 months) or provide better ways for homeless people to reside somewhere where they will at least feel more safer to reside in while they create a plan to afford living rather than in their cars or on the streets wandering.

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

Obstacles that we are aware of are how it can be difficult to increase minimum wage per government say, it is costly to try and make more housing or places for homeless people to reside in along with affording daily needs for them, and companies have a say to when they would like to increase housing rents and billings.

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

The success criteria that could be defined to address the problem are creating plans to tackle the problem by starting somewhere where everyone can agree that the amount of wage being given equally matches the amount of pricing in order to survive on a monthly basis (or yearly, depending on how the situation is viewed). With minimum wage being as low as $14 or $15 in some places and housing being around $1.2k+ monthly alongside electric/gas/water bills and owning a car, it is seemingly unfair for people to make ends meet when they have to work multiple jobs daily, tiring themselves out and not having enough time to care for themselves in order to keep going in life.