Homeownership and homelessness are completely separate issues but it’s hard getting around the importance and meaning of the word, or the place, “home.” One definition of “home” is “the place in which one’s domestic affections are centered.”
Almost all of us have the experience of being home, going home, knowing our home. And whatever that experience is gives weight to our own meaning of the word. It’s why Zillow can pull at your heartstrings when you watch a young couple searching for the right home for their growing family. Maybe home is a happy word for you, maybe it’s not so happy, maybe it’s complicated. Maybe home is something you or your family lost.
I’ve been wanting to get involved with Habitat for Humanity for many years and while doing some research this afternoon, I started reading about homelessness in general and came upon an article worthy of the 20 minutes it will take to read and understand. I’m not saying it’s a quick article, but complicated matters are hard to shrink down to a few sentences. Whether I’m thinking about homeownership or homelessness, it always comes back to one central idea for me — that having a home, whatever the size, whatever the design, is a basic human need. This evolution in the solution for chronic homelessness is so simple, so unadulterated, and evidently quite effective.