So the Millennial and I spent part of the day at Meridee’s in downtown Franklin brainstorming about the specific project we want to target for The Big Payback in May.

And what we decided was important and compelling is tiny homes for the homeless a.k.a. tents.

homeless tents

When you hear the term “tent city” it conjures up all sorts of unsavory images. But here’s why tents are vitally important in the effort to get chronically homeless people into permanent housing.

Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership. — Jerzy Kosinski

The Millennial has worked extensively as a volunteer at several nonprofits who work with the homeless and he says that homeless people in general are wary of anything they view as restricting their freedom to move about as they like when they like.  That’s why it’s tough to get them to go from living under a bridge to living in an apartment. An apartment is a fixed asset you can’t just pack up and take with you.

But studies have shown that if you give a homeless person a tent it acts as a bridge to permanent housing. For the first time in years, a homeless person can zip himself into his tent and have a space all his own. He can store possessions in his tent. But when he wants to move he can pack it up and be on the road. A tent sort of gets rid of that fear of ownership.

So, by golly, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to ask people to donate to CRC to help us buy tents for the homeless.

By the way, we can highly recommend the turkey club and chicken salad sandwich at Meridee’s. And the chocolate chiffon pie. Even an army of two in the war against poverty marches on its stomach.

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