Homelessness is not an individualistic experience. It is one that is felt in the community as a whole. To solve this issue we have to start asking ourselves how we can become more involved and supportive of those facing housing insecurities. Placing importance on community care creates an open dialogue between people facing homelessness and the communities around them, allowing everyone to actively participate in finding solutions and resources to this complex issue.
Reducing food waste is one way we can fight food insecurity among unhoused people. There are many levels on which food waste occurs, and those who do have access to food have the ability to change the narrative for those who do not. Redirecting the food that we consider to be “waste” could create a …
LGBTQ+ people, more specifically youth, are silently struggling as COVID-19 rearranges every inch of our society. The safe spaces they used to frequent are no longer open, the resources they once had access to are increasingly harder to come across, and their independence is waning due to loss of employment and housing. The rates of homelessness within the LGBTQ+ community skyrocketed during the pandemic. As of January 2021, more than 40% of the nation’s homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+ according to North Jersey News. This issue is especially prevalent in low-income communities as well as marginalized communities where economic inequality also aligns with environmental and social disparities.