It is a growing crisis for many. Across the nation and right here in Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon counties.
Families and individuals who have no access to safe, affordable shelter. At the Traveling Resource and Information Fairs held across this part of Pennsylvania a few weeks ago, the question of housing was a number one priority for the persons displaced following the ravages of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Articles as these, “The Number of Homeless People in America Increased for the First Time in 7 Years” and “Affordable Housing Crisis Forces U.S. Homeless Numbers Up for First Time Since Great Recession” point to the nationwide phenomenon.
In metropolitan areas, homelessness can occur because of “runaway rents, stagnant wages and vanishing affordable housing” claims this New York Times article.
“Homelessness is, in fact, caused by tragic life occurrences like the loss of loved ones, job loss, domestic violence, divorce and family disputes. Other impairments such as depression, untreated mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical disabilities are also responsible for a large portion of the homeless. Many factors push people into living on the street. Acknowledging these can help facilitate the end of homelessness in America.”
Perhaps, the idea of multi-generational housing is due to be recycled. Generations ago, it was not at all uncommon to have three generations sharing the same residence. Shared housing is another option that is being revisited and accepted.
Here are a few articles about each”
“How a return to multigenerational living is shifting the housing market: Shifts in senior living, immigration, and affordability have brought extended families together under the same roof.
“America at Home: Grandparents in the Attic, Children in the Basement”: A decade or so ago, as demographers began reporting an uptick in shared and multigenerational housing, the trend again looked to be economically driven, this time by the Great Recession.
“Co-living – the companies reinventing the idea of roommates”: It’s a Three’s Company, Golden Girls or Friends concept that capitalizes on multiple incomes combining to save on costs and to stymie or inhibit social isolation.