Homelessness stems from a variety of complex social and economic factors such as mental and physical health challenges, broken familial relations, economic troubles, and more. As of 2019, roughly 93 people were identified as chronically homeless in Passaic County. If we are to reduce this number to 0, we must commit to offering the necessary resources that will ensure a future into proper housing because although we may believe we are immune to it, the truth is that homelessness can happen to anyone. According to the United Nations, there are currently 1.6 billion people worldwide in deficient living conditions, a number increased by the 15 million people evicted worldwide every year.
This is why I've created a variety of resources for homeless individuals to access and propel themselves. The first of them is the Dignity House. The Dignity House, a work of more than two years and $1 million, serves as a shelter for the homeless in the City of Passaic. Here, the homeless have access to a shower, clean clothes, a kitchen, temporary protection from the weather, and more. Whenever there is a storm, this is a place that the homeless can turn to for comfort, and it is always equipped to ensure a suitable stay. I've also established mailboxes for them, which can be life-saving. Through here, they can get the help they need from the government as they can receive proper mail, which is necessary for getting a job. Their futures are assured in Passaic, and I plan to continue this progress to secure their prospects.