Dear President(elect) Donald J. Trump,
I write this letter to you today representing one of the many faceless names of the poor, here to discuss an epidemic that has been neglected far too long in this nation, one that marginalizes its members from society, and hinders us from demonstrating how subjectively “great” this country can truly be. I am referring to the majority of people whose homes are the streets, those who must struggle daily to live on the handouts of the economically advantaged, and whose conditions could be greater improved not just by you, but the wealthy as a collective. I do not merely ask this as a charity case for the homeless, but as an obligation for those with greater authority: The U.S. has over 540 billionaires (more than any other country, as you know), which contrasts the 500,000+ reported to be using a shelter, transitional housing program or on the streets as a residence, with over half being families and children. Even though it has began to decrease in recent years, it hasn’t helped increase our economic mobility. If each billionaire were to donate just one of their millions, we’d generate enough money to start a federal grant (to assist those that will be assisted) that will create programs for therapy, financial support, and increased economic stability.
First off, know that I am born, raised, and living in the state of Hawaii, which according to statistical research has the nation’s highest rate of homelessness per capita (at 487 homeless out of every 100,000 people) and whom are separated into three general groups: runaways (by choice or circumstance), the mentally ill/addicts(many of which are U.S. Veterans), or the families in poverty who cannot afford housing. Of course, it is quite difficult to discern between these groups, and in most cases, people can fall into all three. The only way to tell which people who would want to volunteer for help is to construct free, federally-funded therapy centers with professionally-hired therapists and activities that encourage productivity. This community service would not only include the poor, but anyone willing to help. Those who go through with this program would be able to qualify for additional benefits, which will be discussed in the following.
Also, this federal grant I propose to you would not only help with understanding those who are in need of help, but to also help them receive the proper support. Take homeless veterans for example, who are eligible for disability compensation, pension, insurance and more, but who are hard to track due to their ever-changing location of residence. With the support of the rehabilitation centers, people can be referred to others to receive the benefits they’re unaware of.
Finally, a significant piece of this grant would help create more agencies for employment, education, and cheaper housing opportunities. Those who qualify under such agencies would enjoy less taxes for households, able to obtain benefits (such as SNAP) for a bigger financial range, and educational discounts(such as free boarding schools, as well as College). This will help those in families get back on their feet, and increase economic mobility.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Let me hear back from you on your opinions to such matters. Together, we can give the future a place to call Home.