Housing- Part 1- Non-profit Series (Food, Shelter, Water, Objective)

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The Toro Foundation

10/23/2017


Tackling Obstacles, Reinventing Ourselves.


Re: Housing


It’s clear that if you want to start a new life of any sort there are three basic things you need; food, water, and shelter. Those three necessities are also needed to live in general. It feels like a privilege to have these basic three, for many who fight and strive in a modern world for the fundamentals that have been in place for centuries. In a modern world is it really far fetched to agree that if all persons had a place to call home, we would be able to keep greater track of our own species? Maybe even implement mandatory ways of life that can be much more beneficial to our government than what is provided now in our culture/world.

The Toro Foundation would benefit by working in correlation with other nonprofits to deal with these three issues- Food, Water, Shelter.

Food, water, and shelter are three things that we know shouldn’t be political. However, with the changing political climate, it seems that accurate information being portrayed properly is political---Meaning, fundamentally, civility in itself has become political. Is civility something that should be political? No. Should housing be political? No. Same with food and water. As a community, society, and species, our objective should be to move forward tackling the obstacles of gentrification, and wage gaps, while reinventing careers, and housing.


In such deeply strained political climates the Toro Foundation understands topics can be construed as left leaning or right leaning, but the objective of The Toro Foundation is to show that food, water and shelter are merely used for political talking points without substantial action behind it. When you add in political tax credits, it becomes a game of bureaucracy.  


It should not be made political. Our hopes are to reach out to persons who hold substantial power to help recreate the “housing” model we are operating in now. It should be simplistic.


How can we Tackle Obstacles and Reinvent Ourselves if there is nowhere to start?


This is not an epidemic of the poor. Middle class families are being pushed into leases that take up on average half of their income. All it takes is one emergency, or one major move and you yourself could find yourself without housing.


If you have had any break of lease you could be without housing for the amount of time it takes you to pay off your debt and for your credit to recuperate. For many that may never happen because of the domino effect that happens after a lease is broken, and/or how it affects one’s credit, and/or a person’s ability to handle an essential life crisis. Many times persons feel discouraged, defeated and incapable of a quick bounce back once their credit has been decimated by a broken lease.


When you look at homeless people or people at risk, what is the main issue? Housing. Some may say substance abuse, but in order to have a person on a maintenance medicine such as methadone or suboxone, vivitrol, subutex etc. a person would need to have housing. Many times people have committed petty crimes and are destined to a life without any prospects of housing. Many times those petty crimes happen because of a fundamental lack of housing.


Toro Coffee Co. aims to lobby developers to build houses that are cost effective. We have floor plans in America that make a large carbon footprint and have driven out affordable housing. Even with such incentives as the housing developer tax credit for Section 8 housing developers, many developers have abused the program, or have been shut out of ever having a chance at building properties. Many times this is stigma. It also seems to be systematic with only a number of Section 8 vouchers being given out with a lottery-like system.


When progressive cities look for solutions via tiny homes or with pods, they miss the mark.


Pods are overpriced. Little homes many times are not allowed to be built because of zoning etc.


What’s the solution?

There is not one solution. There are many ways to help ease the tension of our epidemic. 

Obviously, it is making the middle class as important and as strong as it once was. It’s also understanding that this world is now dealing with more credit-less, career-less, currency lacking humans.

Toro helps people with drafting, legal docs, etc. We aim to hire legal Assistants/Paralegals/Attorneys/Social Workers to help with this endeavor as we scale with our outreach. We look forward as a nonprofit to focus on these fundamentals that have been taken out of the conversation.

With sales via coffee, other fair trade goods- a movement to Tackle Obstacles, while Reinventing Ourselves seems inevitable with this small business. We may be a small business, but no one can dispute the large souls driving it.

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Some may dispute the order of importance of those three things but we believe as an upcoming nonprofit, housing is a pervasive issue among our generation. The ones joining us in the ever changing status quo of the American lifestyle are often times opting to live out of their car.*


* More and more you can see an increase of videos being uploaded by both young men and women who are more drawn to living in their car and owning a gym membership to shower and bathe, than they are to an apartment with an unreasonable lease and a hefty price tag. When these young people break down the numbers, it is technically more practical and cost effective in their minds to live in their automobile. There is something inherently wrong with there being giant homes developed as micro mansions for a single family, and people also desperate to find a place to park their car or build their “tiny home”. Is there not a middle ground? The Toro Foundation would ideally love to have federal legislation that  would mandate how a developer would have to make sure all three prongs of food, water, shelter are accessible. We need to mandate that we as people adhere to the meet the criteria of an ever changing world that obviously grows with population.


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