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Building A Zero Energy Home: Numbers, Homelessness, and Renewables

January 2, 2012

Numbers, Homelessness, and Renewables

169, 164, 5, 10, 2, 25, 19, 30, 0.

The above series of numbers has real significance in a lot of lives, and I think they are the keys to the answers to broad questions about homelessness, the economy, and the environment. In my home state of CT, there are 169 cities, towns, and municipalities combined. 5, New Haven, New London, Waterbury, Bridgeport, and Hartford have the state mandated amount of affordable housing of 10% of all current housing stock. The other 164 have, on average, 2% affordable. There is opportunity right there. After doing a bunch of research on the internet, I found out an amazing fact: 25% of all evictions come from people who paid their rent, but couldn’t pay their utility bills. The cost of energy put them on the street. What is the community cost for this problem? Other than having people living in alley ways and cardboard boxes, city streets are less safe with large amounts of homeless about. Because those cities are less safe, people with money are less likely to spend it in commercial areas of that city. Because there is less commerce, the local, and by assumption, the national economy suffers. Less jobs result. More unemployment. More unemployment results in greater homelessness, and on and on we go. So, for%2

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