Actually, many people. Particularly now, bridge housing that provides breathing room while formulating a long-term strategy could be a life saver. Having the good fortune to choose from a range of healthy, non-nutty, safe and affordable options increases the likelihood of making wise choices, reducing stress, improving health, experiencing a sense of community and eliminating price gouging.
These familiar scenarios illustrate unmet housing needs:
- Student debt, now topping a trillion dollars, leaves millions of people deeply in debt and often unemployed. They may move back home, move into iffy environments, couch surf or experience homelessness.
- The New York Times reports: “Social Security, whose average monthly retirement benefit is $1,268, is pretty much all that is left. Most people age 65 and older get two-thirds to all of their income from Social Security.
- Huge numbers of people are either unemployed or underemployed
- Illness and physical issues often necessitate changed housing needs.
- Relatives sometimes have the capacity to step up but for those without a familial buffer, having a more options would be enormously comforting.
- A recent college graduate forfeited a promising internship in Los Angeles when her housing environment became untenable and potentially dangerous.
So, the need for bridge housing is urgent. As the 2008 economic collapse deteriorates into the Sequester Sinkhole we need creative solutions that can be mobilized and scaled up quickly.
Since affordable housing no longer exists for moderate and low-income people, sharing on some level is a logical alternative. If sharing is in your future, and it is with people you actually enjoy, it could lead to a delightful chapter in your life. #HousingMixers offer an opportunity to gather with others every month, community by community, to learn about various options and to meet others who are grappling with the same issue.
Please join the Lake Street Church of Evanston Housing Mixer on the 4th Sunday of every month in the Parker Room from 12 to 2. Because this is lunch time, I will bring my traditional boat load of garlic with toothsome traces of black beans, rice, grilled onions and special sauce. Please feel welcome to bring a sandwich for yourself and possibly for a new friend.
Please sign up at the HousingMixer Meetup link, and invite people who would benefit from a wider range of housing options to choose from.