Activist and Big Think reader Roy M. Arce explains his idea for a new community policing team and how it can halt vicious cycles of PTSD and homelessness.
- Roy Arce is a U.S. veteran with PTSD whose traumatic experiences with police led him to draft a proposal for how communities and police can work better together.
- A new kind of police response team – made up of at least one police officer and a trained community peace representative – would be part of what Arce calls "the greatest PTSD healing curriculum" in the U.S.
- This civilian proposal would also seek to treat homelessness in one of the country's most affected regions.
Ideas are plentiful; execution is another story.
- As the homeless population soars in California, city mayors are contemplating a variety of initiatives to combat the problem.
- San Francisco mayor London Breed has published the most extensive list of solutions, including supportive housing, eviction prevention, and rental subsidies.
- Other mayors are creating tiny home villages and even considering a floating apartment complex in the San Francisco Bay.
Surrounding counties boast even higher increases.
- Los Angeles County claims nearly 59,000 homeless, a 12 percent increase, while the city itself is up 16 percent.
- It's not only LA: Orange County is up 42 percent; Alameda County, 43 percent; Kern County, 50 percent; and San Francisco, 17 percent.
- Angelenos need to make $47.52 an hour to afford the median rent price in the city.
Psychologists looked at how liberals and conservatives react after learning about "white privilege".
- Psychologists looked at how liberals and conservatives viewed poor people after learning about "white privilege".
- Conservatives didn't show much sympathy for poor people regardless of race.
- Liberals seemed to blame poor white people for their problems.
Landlords aren't the ones getting rich off of renting properties; slumlords are.
- A new study examined the profits of landlords across Milwaukee and compared them to landlord profits nationwide.
- They found that for every 10 percent increase in neighborhood poverty, renter exploitation increased by 2.2 percent in Milwaukee and 0.8 percent nationwide. What's more, for every 10 percent increase in black residents, renter exploitation increased by 0.8 percent for both Milwaukee and the nation.
- This effect ensures that the poor remain poor; since the poor have no choice but to pay rent when they can, any money they could save up is instead siphoned away by landlords.