Should Shelter Be a Right?
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Should Shelter Be a Right?

October 26, 2019


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  1. Turning food, water, healthcare and shelter into commodities is not ethical. It is not ethical to put a price on life. Also in the U.S. we have more empty houses than homeless people. Landlords (weather they know it or not) passively are killing people by hording houses away from those without. There is simple solutions beyond helping individuals; such as landlords being forced to give up empty houses to house the homeless as a public good.

  2. I think shelter should be a right, provided you bring evidence showing that you appreciate it – that being said, I'm equally worried about implementing a system like that, given overarching factors like political, cultural and class biases, the ability to put people in limbo while their rights are sorted out through the justice system, and the overall issue of keeping housing affordable in an ever-unwinding economy.

  3. over 40 people froze to death in Chicago last winter, at a time when I am sure that plenty of hotels and apartments had open rooms. Denying people access to life-saving resources because of their financial situation is just murder with extra steps.

  4. i am a person with a disability living in hud housing. the hud housing where i live is mostly elderly and disabled. nearby are huge homeless encampments. one of the biggest problems is that the homeless are a mixture of unlucky people and mentally ill people. i count drug addiction as a form of mental illness. the definition of mental illness is that they are a danger to themselves or others. a lot of harm is going on in those camps. one of the biggest challenges would be sorting these folks into categories, and than figuring out what to do with each category.

  5. why do homeless shelters always use beds? i sleep in a hammock by choice because it's comfortable. hammocks are cheaper and easier to maintain. they take up less space.

  6. Remember that green lady with the golden torch? "Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Well, you can't exactly rest or breathe free if you're so poor you can't afford shelter.
    Shelter and survival are cheap enough for a nation as prosperous as ours to hand it out to anyone who so much as asks. So… Why aren't we?

  7. I've been homeless, and for me, I missed housing the most. With food stamps, I was able to feed. And with Medicaid, I had medical and mental health care available. But, living in all weather and not having access to bathrooms was a total drag.

  8. People should have a right to shelter, but not wherever they want. Homeless people in high cost of living cities should be relocated and given free housing in low cost of living areas.

  9. Nationalize housing. Nationalized industries are able to operate at cost, or at a loss, and function without a profit incentive. We need to nationalize all basic needs. Food, shelter, healthcare, utilities, transportation. We need a society that is designed to help those who live in it, not those who Lord above it.

  10. i was homeless for a year. eating mostly food i could buy with loose change i found and sleeping in public restrooms, behind buildings, and in chop shop cars. until you've been REALLY homeless for a good amount of time you can never really understand. it's such a horrible feeling, you just feel unwanted, useless, and unloved.
    shelter should be a right to ALL.

  11. Goods and services aren't rights. Food, shelter, clothing, these are things that everyone should have. But just because everyone should have them, doesn't mean it's the government's job to provide them. And, honestly, if we instituted a housing first system, we'd just end up with more crime-ridden Projects.

    I like the idea of offering relocation to smaller towns and rural areas, where the cost of living is more reasonable.

  12. I really love this channel and I really appreciate how you guys talk about hard things and do your research. I would really like to see a video about our rights to education. I come from a family that doesn't believe education is a right and I was robbed of getting an education as a child because there is no regulation for School in Illinois. I would like to share my story on how I survived my neglectful and abusive family someday.

  13. There are almost if not more empty homes in the US especially since the 2008-2009 recession, we spend trillions on military budgets that put millions of others worldwide out of there homes. People need homes, period.

  14. Housing first has been shown to work in a dozen American cities especially for homeless veterans whose numbers have been cut in half in a decade due to this policy.

  15. We have more than enough housing in America for everyone. But as you mentioned, a lot of people can't afford it. So we need to ask ourselves: do we have a housing problem, or is it an income problem? 🤔

  16. Yes. In our country, we have squatter areas because all of the people want to live near the capital city, poor and rich alike. We all fit like sardines in here. And it doesn’t help that a lot of companies are now putting up condos. It’s not really a home/shelter if you have a lot of people cramped up in one space. Housing is important but proper land use should be taken into account.

  17. Why houses? Why not apartments or hotel rooms? If the state were to buy out apartment buildings and hotels, they could turn them into public resources.

    Owning a house comes with a lot of complications that a person with little or no income would be able to deal with, such as repairs and property taxes, plus the difficulty in reselling the house if you want to move somewhere else.

  18. I live in Florida, which, as I type this, has a major hurricane bearing down on it. A homeless person in those conditions might as well be condemned to death. A well built home is the only thing standing between you and 100 mph winds. Besides, a good home not only provides physical stability, but emotional and psychological stability as well.

  19. What I tell Conservatives, if you don’t provide some kind housing , you‘ll more than like pay for three hots and a cot through Jail/Prison.
    On the other hand I’ve never seen public housing area and thought I wouldn’t mind living there. I‘d take a van/small RV/yurt/tiny house where I could get some peace and quiet.
    This is something I worry/think about every day. How most of us are just one or two paychecks away from being on the street, where you can’t shower or shave . It sucks how paranoid we all have to be.

  20. Shelter should definitely be a right.

    The government should provide, to any and all who would use them, the very basics of survival. It could literally be barracks style with mass kitchens and that would be at least SOMETHING.

    one cannot progress without risk, and for too many risk is simply unacceptable because we are just the barest thread away from situations of financial ruin. If we can secure basic survival for all people, then they can feel secure in going about bettering their situation without the terror of falling through the holes of our poor safety net.

    and as a side benefit, if any person were allowed access to the means of survival regardless of income, perhaps they wouldn't choose to live in slums, forcing slumlords to either improve accommodations to attract renters or to sell off buildings and lands to those who will invest in them.

    as for what exactly i would WANT the government to supply, my personal opinion on level of service would be the following:

    firstly, a level of temporary emergency shelters in the style of barracks to deal with those suddenly homeless, migrant waves, or natural disaster relief. These shelters should have large amounts of beds, food, the means of preparing food, showering, laundering of clothes, and a supply of basic clothing items in all sizes. The united states armed forces logistics system could be used as a basis.

    secondly, a number of public housing buildings. These should be built where land is cheap and serviced by shuttle bus to nearby city centers during most hours with at least a once per hour frequency in either direction. This would be a longer term solution allowing the formerly homeless to commute to work and giving all residents a small personal space to feel secure in. The shelters from the first section should co-ordinate with these public buildings to house those homeless for longer terms. If supply is inadequate in one area, then a network should form with other areas and transport arranged. Inside these public buildings there should be a floor dedicated to social services such as counseling, food pantry, jobs office, basic clinic, and other social needs. The placement of them inside the housing buildings removes barriers to care.

    thirdly, there should be in place programs where after showing sobriety and gainful employ the government would subsidize loans to buy distressed properties and give training in the maintenance and repair of them. This would allow people to transition from the shelters directly into home ownership, bypassing the rental market altogether.

    fourthly, in areas experiencing significant depopulation, set up express bus services to more populated areas to encourage migration away from expensive urban cores to actual homes in the suburbs.

    these four items should be able to wipe most homelessness off the map. And considering the cost of services and emergency care given already, it may save us money.

  21. I would absolutely get rid of the mortgage interest deduction—it worsens socioeconomic stratification by incentivizing the wealthy to buy more and more expensive properties, and it would’ve meant billions that could be spent on affordable housing and vouchers for the very poor.

  22. I started life as one of ten children in an un- insulated home with wood heat. Today many think it is their right to a similar home to a skilled, hard working family. Hidden is the disrespect shown to homes provided for free.

  23. There's actually no evidence that housing people who have a background of substance abuse or mental health issues creates un-safe neighborhoods. Here in Finland the people who are given a home trough housing first are most often housed in just regular flats, same as anyone else renting from the municipality or one of the foundations that provide affordable housing.

    The thing is, if you treat people as problems they will be a problem. But interesting things happen when you actually start treating people as people, fellow human beings who are going through a rough patch. Suddenly they don't actually cause problems. I mean there may be the occasional disturbance but that's living in an apartement, sometimes someone makes some noise.

    I volunteer with people who have all kinds of backgrounds from long-term unemployment to having been in prison for the last 19 years. And not once have I felt threatened, much less faced any actual threats.

    And yes, the people who have problems will require additional assistance but like stated in the video being able to work trough problems becomes incredibly hard if your basic needs aren't being met.

    I've dealt with severe depression myself and have, on paper, been homeless. However since I had a support network I didn't have to live in the streets during those two years. It's really easy to see homeless people as other, somehow lesser for living on the streets or begging etc. But it's really just a question of whether you have a support network.

    So next time you see someone who lives on the street instead of seeing them as homeless, try seeing them as a person. Someone just like you.

  24. Homelessness has decreased since 2007? I'm not sure I'm buying that. Is that a misprint? Did you mean *increased*? Because that's what it feels like to me.

  25. One doesn't have a right to housing but rather a responsibility to provide for their own housing. And you don't have a right to take from one to give to another.

  26. Shelter is not a right – it's a service.

    If you want free shelter, go into the woods and make one yourself. Otherwise, buy a house, rent an apartment, or ask a friend/family member/charity to help you.

    If you really think housing is a right, go build me a house and maintain it for me for free while I live in it. Doubt anyone will be willing to do that.

  27. I already hate this channel. Housing is no right. "A right, is a moral principle defining and sanctioning a man's freedom of action in a social context.” -Ayn Rand.
    Again, the key word is action. It is NOT your promise to material or the labor of others!

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