The Toro Foundation

Toro Foundation

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 western culture.

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.*

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 the 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 a 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.

Developers are building houses that are not cost-effective, 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 the 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?

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, careerless, currency lacking humans.

* 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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Toro stands for:

Tackling
Obstacles
Reinventing
Ourselves

We are so excited about this next chapter. You will now get to write off Toro Coffee Co. purchases in your taxes, whether you are donating directly, buying coffee, etc.

The money we raise from our fresh ta death specialty coffee will go to the charities we choose based upon their mission, values and services. We have sourced phenomenal charities which we will rotate throughout our products. Detailed below, we are proud to support:

RAICES- The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
website: actionnetwork.org
AMPA- https:
website: militarypartners.org
IWIN- Indiana Women In Need 
website: http://www.iwinfoundation.org

The more Toro grows, the more people we can contract out, the more equipment we can get, the more jobs we can create. All these investments are now tax-deductible. We are learning together, but this is always what I wanted for this company. It has always been about sharing our stories and giving back the best way we can. We are here to walk the walk, no matter how many times we didn't think we had the drive to pick ourselves up again...it's always what motivated us to brush ourselves off and be bold, live free, and never settle.

We love you all. We will now be sharing more vlogs about life, and why Reinvention and Redemption through available and developing better housing, second chance projects, jobs, and entrepreneurship are important to the Toro name.

"Remember when?!" I love you guys. Looking forward to more of those ahead.

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