In San Jose, along Coyote Creek, a new project has begun development. Amanda Fukamoto has been working with the Santa Clara County Water District to develop a new project that would help provide homeless people tiny homes in exchange for their help in reducing the pollution around the creek and surrounding areas.
The idea was initially born from Fukamoto’s frustrations with the existing pollution in the creek. After rallying other homeless people to her cause, she realized that it wasn’t enough to simply remove the existing pollution. Simply by staying in the area, her and the other homeless people were actively contributing to the amount of pollution in the creek on a daily basis. As a result, Fukamoto began discussions with local government agencies to find a suitable and reasonable alternative to the current situation.
In fact, through discussions with Santa Clara County Water District, Fukamoto and government officials have begun looking at a series of small, movable “homes” that have been slowly gaining popularity across the country. As the trash-removal initiative grows in popularity, it’s easy to see how this type of system could evolve into something that operates not just on the west coast, but on a national level as well.
For those concerned about the associated costs of such a program, it turns out that providing small, mobile homes to the homeless is a significantly cheaper alternative to paying for more expensive labor. By having the homeless clean up local pollution, it not only restores hope to people without any, it also builds a stronger community and keeps the environment clean.