We as a community wish to end homelessness (there are few ideas businesses/ organizations/ community members could offer to achieve that and assist current homeless community in the interim to sustain their safety and wellbeing: 

 

DHS and other organization must see cases with every detail to eliminate any potential before an eviction process could happen and b e a partner to case manage to keep our community at their homes.

 

Charging facility/ stations (climate controlled) for electronics needed for homeless and we as a community need to fundraise for it or wishing to know your ideas to improve access to charging with current available facilities as some of our community work and attend school during homelessness and if they are not, they can with electronics charged and WIFI.

Community could fundraise for Shower stalls to be built within a county for homeless and homeowners with unused homes too can offer bathrooms for showers for homeless. 

Members of the community could ask restaurants to serve slightly less portion and donate to homeless at the end of the day. Businesses can also donate unused inventory instead of discarding.

 

Businesses transition to vegan options as it is safer and cheaper and provide cheaper price to customers and serve square vegan food.

Counter Height serving stations/registers where food is served to customers.

Businesses/ restaurants could offer % off for homeless community.

Every Bus/ public transportation should have electronic charging and WIFI.

Banks should give skip a pay for loans without any fees for three consecutive months when someone experiencing homelessness even when they are not current on their payments.

Attorneys should offer free and income based fee for homeless or community members with modest income more often and more affordable than now.

Medicare and Medicaid should cover copy or other fees for homeless or community members with modest income.

Banks should provide best rates for any loans for someone experiencing homelessness independent of their credit scores.

Auto or any other insurance and memberships should have 50% off the standard rate for someone experiencing homelessness.

Renters (home, auto etc.), vehicle and other other registrations, license plate, other administrations paperwork of every businesses should provide 50% off the standard rate for someone experiencing or transiting from homelessness .

City of Ann Arbor could pay homeless community to keep the city free of trash if their time permit as they have enough struggles. 

City of Ann Arbor residents could keep the city free of trash by carrying trash bags and sanitary wipes and pick up trash as they have time and it is to keep city free of hazard from walking and or keep city from spending more money from other setbacks  [airborne illnesses, other component's failure (plastic leach in extreme weather) by keeping outside without recycling which can jeopardize creatures in the nature, etc.].

Extend some restaurants to 24 hour with customer seating/resting/ordering without the restrains of time limit.

Continuous Bike/ Scooter etc. path for every road.

Community members can help donate cars to homeless family or a person.

Placement of Trash Bins in front of every businesses would eliminate most of littering.

Businesses could have patios with chairs which could provide homeless community a place to rest or take a break.

There could be lighted overnight parking with surveillance and security since some homeless community members have cars and shelters don't have space for them or they are exited after their stay and they have no where to go as housing wasn't secured for them. 

Abundant real estate could be used for night time shelter for homeless in a summer time.

 

Community offices and church basements can offer night time shelter for winter for homeless. 

 

Community members can donate toiletries for homeless community.

 

Community could donate prepackaged food and drinks for homeless community.

 

Community members could purchase modest cost products and also by giving up not mandatory (for instance, buying lotteries) spending and saving money from it to donate for shelters and homeless community.

 

Community members can invest time to speak to homeless community to see if they can be partner in communication to assist in any manner.

 

Businesses should not have an attitude to trespass homeless community, instead should speak with respect and dignity and be a partner in communication to assist with any work they can offer to our kind homeless community and provide monetary reward and hire homeless community.

Businesses should give away water cups to homeless.

Businesses could carry microwaves for homeless. 

 

Businesses shouldn't object homeless to use restroom. 

 

Community members can carry bottled water, sanitary wipes and make a few bags before they start travel and share it with the homeless community if they see them and they have no objection. 

Give away sides when it is free with entree and ask businesses to donate to homeless. 

 

Give away refills for drink and ask businesses to donate to homeless.

kids meal free with an adult meal for all restaurants and subscription benefits for all restaurants.

 

Give away savings from sacrifice (not buying/ordering extra items) at least few times a week and ask businesses to initiate a charity box to share for homeless. 

 

Give away donation that you wish for you. 

Community members should give away their discount for members of the community who would temporary basis need and won't object to it (senior discount, teacher's discount etc.).

Employees could give away free meals to homeless if it is offered through employers.

 

Any other ideas that are not mentioned here, you could send us a note and we would add it to our website and you could initiate your own campaign to end homelessness as you are as extraordinary as them.

AATA (Ann Arbor Transportation Authority) Notes from Women United Non profit:

  • Bigger trash inside the bus needed for guests to throw away trash.

  • AATA could pay homeless community to change the trash near bus stops.

 

  • Announcement should stop when there is a stop request.

  • Side walks at AATA is narrow and some employees walk and stay there which doesn't permit riders to catch the next bus or go to place on time after getting off the bus.

 

  • Not to put image on the bus, instead write business names which would permit many businesses marketing. We need same dignity as someone who can afford a car.

 

  • Should permit passenger entry/exit if length of red light or STOP sign permits since work, school and other factors may make us not just on time at bus stop yet necessary for us to go the next destination as some of us work many work assignments including volunteering.

 

  • If a person doesn’t need a transfer, it should be printed anyway for if anyone need it for an emergency basis. 

 

  • Reduce cost of unlimited monthly bus pass for individual (I recently saw a reduction) and $50 for the entire family, otherwise it would cost about or more than a car. We see buses are empty sometimes.

 

  • Button Stop is not placed for everyone’s access to stop the bus.

 

  • Give reward when belonging etc. is returned be passenger to AATA when other passenger forgetfully leaves it.

 

  • Extend the Library Card usage for bus ride and for shelter residents, grant library card to ride bus for a month for free which would permit them to find job and retrieve documents from different organizations. 

  • AATA could offer discount for members of the community who would temporary basis need and won't object to it (senior discount, teacher's discount etc.)

  • All buses should have electronic charging capability and WIFI. 

 

  • There should be trash at any bus stop.

  •  Buses should not start driving until the passengers checked and comfortable to find a seat.

  • The charging station inside of AATA office could be open 24 hours for homeless community with wifi.

 

  • This is what I could think of as a bus rider, we can update our website with community members ideas.