Help fund building a city for America's homeless

Citizens Again is a project to build a single, supportive living environment for America’s ENTIRE chronic homeless population.

By creating a single location instead of thousands of shelters across the country, it will be quicker to help the homeless off the streets, it will provide all the supportive services they need, and it will save billions of tax dollars every year.

Early media coverage:
44070894_1580944462304121_r.jpegFor a full understanding of the project, including the crisis, the solution, in-depth analysis, calculations, data sources, and useful resources, visit https://www.citizensagain.com 

This project is in its early stages, it’s off to a great start, and the homeless want it. But it needs donations to continue the efforts to create formal feasibility studies and business case documents; perform in-depth research; conduct polls; and more. All of this is necessary for next-level funding from philanthropists and others.

Most people will wrongly think this is a cost-prohibitive and outrageous solution. But the fact is that over $6 billion is spent each year on the homeless, but most of the funds are not spent on helpful solutions. Instead, they’re spent on duplicated efforts in cities and towns across America:
  •   Cleaning up encampments
  •   Sterilization of public spaces
  •   Hazmat cleanups
  •   Visits to the ER and stays in hospitals
  •   And much more
 
Because of these costly expenses, taxpayers spend an average of $80,000 for each of America’s 96,000 chronic homeless.
 
The government’s current program to help the homeless is called Housing First . It helps house them at about half the cost of living on the streets. Unfortunately, those housing units are estimated to cost about $30B for 50,000 units, and it will take about 200 years to house the current population.
 
But with Citizens Again, economies of scale can be achieved by building a single location for a large population. This will make it quicker to build enough housing, at a much lower cost, and with more needed amenities and services.
 
At this conceptual stage, the estimates are 11 years  and $3B  to build  the City, and about $3k per person per year to run . This is a 93% savings of what is spent today.
44070894_1580943262433558_r.jpegA City for the Most in Need
The City will house mostly the chronic homeless population, as they are the most in need, resource-intensive and most expensive segment of the homeless population. To help prevent others from becoming long-term homeless, the City will also house homeless that are waiting for pubic housing; homeless who need medical care; and the homeless that desire to gain job training and life skills to exit and stay out of homelessness.
 
This solution will have clear benefits for everyone:
  •   Homeless: Live in a safe, humane, and enjoyable environment
  •   Towns & Cities: Free up resources and city budgets
  •   Public: Remove burdens such as encampments, garbage, and more
  •   Families of Homeless: Gain peace of mind knowing their loved ones are in a safe place
 
The homeless want to live there. 

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The City will be similar to other cities:
  •   Dedicated hospital & full healthcare services
  •   Housing
  •   Entertainment and activities
  •   Parks
  •   Movie theater
  •   And much more
 
But it will also have many unique facilities and services to remove many of life’s burdens:
  •   Food services & cafeterias
  •   Laundry services
  •   Medication distribution
  •   And more
 
As well as many facilities that cater to their specific needs:
  •   Lockers for personal possessions
  •   Dog kennel and park
  •   A visitor center and onsite hotel for visiting family members
  •   And more
 
The City will utilize unique high-density innovations to streamline:
  •   Housing
  •   Food Services
  •   Safety & Security
  •   Illness Prevention
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The City location has not been chosen, but it will be located in a region that could supply a 3,000+ person workforce. It will not be within an existing city or neighborhood. This provides unique benefits:  
  •   No public pushback, a.k.a. NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard)
  •   Substantially less expensive land
  •   No space/land limitations
  •   Fewer construction limitations
  •   Expedited design, permits, and construction
 
A Place to Thrive
Citizens Again has uniquely identified a deeper understanding of what’s needed for people to thrive, not just survive. It goes way beyond today’s humanity minimums of shelter, clothes, and food. It’s called the 20 Building Blocks of Humanity, and it will encompass every aspect of service for the City.
 
Building 1 Location, Instead of 4,000, Makes All This Possible
By building a single location for a large population, economies of scale can be achieved that create benefits no other effort can offer:
  •   Quicker: House 150,000 in 11 years; not 200 years it will take with Housing First
  •   Cheaper: Living in the City will cost about $3k, vs $80k on the streets
  •   Better: Break the cycle of homelessness
 
Funding
A variety of funding sources will be used to create and run the City, starting with crowdfunding to create the documents and research reports necessary to obtain next-level funding.
  •   Crowdfunding
  •   Philanthropists
  •   Private Equity
  •   Government
 
Transparency
Since the success of this project affects all of us, the public will be able to view the project plan, follow the timeline , see status updates , and view deliverables.
 
Founder, Duane Nason:
  •   Life-long entrepreneur
  •   Software developer in Fortune 500 companies
  •   Won industry and company awards
  •   Degree in mathematics
  •   Volunteered throughout life (met wife volunteering in her classroom)
  •   Live in Folsom, CA with my wife and our 3 sons
 
Years ago, I realized I wanted to do something more substantial in life; something that mattered to others. So I left the corporate world. I relocated my family to cut expenses. I sacrificed a lot – and my family did too.
 
And while it has been an unbearable financial and personal strain on my family for the 2 ½ years I’ve worked on this project, I’ve had to persevere because I knew from my analysis and research, that this is the only scalable solution that can provide the help they need, is economically viable, is doable in a realistic time-frame, and no other effort meets these criteria.
                                                     
Simply put: I know I can make a difference. This is why I’m taking action, and I’m taking ownership of solving this crisis.
 
I know this journey won’t be easy; nothing worthwhile in life ever is. But if those that can help choose to do so, then together, we can help the homeless become citizens again.
 
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Duane Nason 
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Folsom, CA
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