Convince me: The government/local authorities should provide temporary housing for homeless people

Last week, officials in Sonoma County in Northern California took the first steps toward creating tiny house villages as a low-cost way to house the county’s homeless.

[…] Facing what Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane calls “crisis mode when it comes to affordable housing,” Sonoma has over 3,000 homeless, with 2,000 of them sleeping outside.

Sonoma joins several other U.S. cities and counties using tiny house villages as a way to house the homeless, including Olympia, Washington, where a homeless encampment was converted into Quixote Village, a tiny house village with 30 homes; Madison, Wisconsin, which has seven mobile units in an old car garage; Austin, Texas, where the Community First! village is in the works; and Eugene, Oregon, which has a 30-unit tiny house village community.

“We really can’t afford not to use every single tool in our toolbox,” Supervisor Zane told the Press Democrat, “and here is another one.”

Convince me: The New Zealand government and local authorities should provide temporary housing for homeless people who have been sleeping rough in shop doorways and under bridges.

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