Monday, February 9, 2015

"Tiny Houses" for the homeless?

Mentally ill people continue to comprise the largest chronically homeless population in America. Generally speaking, if a person is down on her luck and loses her abode, she lives with relatives or friends until getting back on her feet. This is less likely to happen among individuals who suffer from severe mental illness or drug and alcohol addictions. A new concept in housing the homeless is "Tiny Houses," seen in the photo below:

To see inside a "Tiny House," see this video:

There is resistance to "Tiny Houses." If you agree that this is an alternative to millions of people who are presently homeless, please sign this petition supporting "Tiny Houses" in Alabama.

From Nicolette Beale and petitioners to Huntsville City Council: 
We are asking the City of Huntsville, AL to understand the importance of providing hardened structures for our homeless citizens. While we would like to place all our homeless in HUD housing, there is not enough currently available to keep our brothers and sisters off the streets. Therefore we need the city to take a different perspective on zoning and ordinances to allow our homeless to live in a permanent structure. We would really appreciate your support so we can show the city that our community wants and needs Tiny Homes for our Homeless.

Thank you for giving Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill.

How can you help? Follow this blog, and share the link to it with your friends. Human and civil rights of persons with mental disabilities in the United States are sometimes treated as being nonexistent.

It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog in deadly restraint for control. That happens to mentally ill people routinely in the nation's correctional facilities. What happened to Larry Neal? Why are we still asking that question after eleven years? Cover-ups regarding the wrongful deaths of mentally ill inmates are common and vile.
Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally. Support the H.R. 3717 "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." The U.S. congressional bill provides for crisis intervention team (CIT) training for police and corrections officers, assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) 

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