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The $3billion, state-of-the art city just for the HOMELESS: Activists hope a private community with free rent, 16-story dormitories, cafeterias, TVs and underground tunnels will help solve the crisis

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California activist group revealed their plan to create a $3billion private city to provide accommodation to the state’s 150,000 homeless people. The percentage of homeless in California continues to grow while it lowers nationally.

According to Daily mail

Daune Nason, founder of Citizens Again, announced on Thursday proposals to combat the ongoing homeless crisis plaguing the Golden State. 

‘It’s time to think differently to solve the homelessness crisis: instead of building 4,000 more shelters, Citizens Again is crowdfunding to build 1 city, catering towards America’s entire chronic adult homeless population, and it will be quicker and cost billions less than current efforts,’ the press release says. 

Citizens Again revealed their plan to build a $3billion city to house 150,000 homeless citizens in California
Citizens Again revealed their plan to build a $3billion city to house 150,000 homeless citizens in California

Citizens Again plans to construct the 300-acre city to include several services, including high-density housing dorms, a hospital, healthcare, food services, on-site job training and life skills enrichment.

Based on the government’s placement rate from the last ten years, it will take close to 200 years to create enough shelters to house the 90,000 unsheltered chronic homeless adults. Nobody wants to wait that long,’ he wrote.

Citizen Again say they plan on creating neighborhoods that will provide communal TVs with tiered seating to fit multiple people (pictured)
Citizen Again say they plan on creating neighborhoods that will provide communal TVs with tiered seating to fit multiple people (pictured)

The group estimates that the new city will be ready in just 11 years, with an ambitious opening date of 2031. 

I’ve looked at a couple of different locations in California. It’s going to have to be in a moderate climate, probably somewhat of a flatland. I’m going to need about 300 acres,’ Nason told Good Day Sacramento

He says people in his hometown of Folsom have formed mixed reviews about the city. 

Mike Lucio said: ‘It could bring down property values. People don’t want that in their backyard. They want to help, but they don’t want it in their backyard.’ 

Nason understands that a project of this caliber will take time and resources.  

‘Definitely it’s an ambitious project. There’s never been anything like this in the history of the country. This is going to be very something very massive. It’s going to require a lot of people to work together on this,’ he said.

‘Qualified citizens’ – for which the criteria has not been revealed – will live in the city and are free to leave at any point. 

‘Qualified citizens’ – for which the criteria has not been revealed – will live in the city and are free to leave at any point. 

Residents will be use radio-frequency identification to enter the city and dormitories inside one of the four neighborhoods, as well as other tasks like purchasing items with credit and job check-in. 

The group plans on having 16-story dormitories, providing residents with sleeping quarters and communal bathrooms with private showers.

Each neighborhood will have a cafeteria, kitchen and several set eating times to adjust to community members’ schedules.

Among the entertainment options, like arcades in every neighborhood, the neighborhoods will include communal TVs with tiered seating to fit multiple people. 

The Citizens Again community will have storage units to accommodate the 150,000 residents living in the city
The Citizens Again community will have storage units to accommodate the 150,000 residents living in the city

One of the more notable tasks is Citizens Again’s plan to build underground tunnels for deliveries and workers to commute to their jobs outside the city. 

The underground tunnels will help ‘minimize disruption of citizen life.’

When residents are prepared to leave, they will receive therapy in addition to skills training. 

‘It will be a city they’ll want to live in, a community they’ll want to be part of, and for those that desire, an opportunity to gain life skills to integrate back into society,’ the website said.  

The group set up a GoFundMe to raise 50,000 on Wednesday and so far has received $820. 

Citizens Again’s plan is just one of many alternatives being presented to combat the California’s homeless crisis.  

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness says that as of January 2018, California had an estimated 129,972 residents experiencing homelessness on any given day.
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness says that as of January 2018, California had an estimated 129,972 residents experiencing homelessness on any given day.

Citizens Again reports that the federal government spent $6.1billion on the homeless, with around 78 percent of the amount going to those suffering chronic homelessness despite that group only making up 18 percent of that population. 

The total budget has reportedly increased seven percent each year, between 2009 and 2018. 

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness says that as of January 2018, California had an estimated 129,972 residents experiencing homelessness on any given day.

Of that total, more than 10,000 were veterans and 34,000 were people experiencing chronic homelessness. 

In San Francisco, residents have resorted to erecting plywood slabs over alleyways and placing large boulders on sidewalks to keep homeless citizens from setting up camp.   

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