A National Plan & Strategy To Break The Cycle of Homelessness
The Narrative by Theodore “Ted” Hayes, Jr.,
Civil Rights-Homelessness Resolution Activist
The Exodus Genesis Initiative/Incentive Plan (EGIIP) In Brief
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EGIIP calls for the creation of alternative tributaries to society’s mainstream. These “alternatives” are environments in which homeless people can and will become responsible and productive citizens for and by themselves.
The creation of these tributaries encompasses 3 of the 4 transitional phases of the plan that, once proven successful, will be followed by the 4th and final phase, which is the establishment of planned communities, i.e., cities, townships, villages, etc.
These transitional phases are absolutely necessary due to the fact that once persons acclimate to the environment of homelessness, immediate replacement into mainstream society would be (and has proven to be) too much of a shock to them.
Therefore, the return, or even first time entry, into conventional society must be gradual and calculated. Otherwise, individuals and their families will eventually react negatively to placement, and the effort put forth on their behalf will have been in vain.
Essentially, EGIIP’s aim is to decentralize the urban centers by developing new American communities in every part of the United States with Los Angeles leading the way to eventually become the subsequent standard for the state, the nation and the world to follow.
The Four Phases of Transition
EGIIP is meant to be implemented in four transitional phases:
- Phase I – The Intake
- Phase II – Orientation & Direction
- Phase III – Social Adjustment
- Phase IV – Destination = Mainstream or decentralization into planned, government chartered 21st century mixed-class industrial communities….i.e. Not just for homeless persons and families.
It would take the average homeless person a minimum of several months to transition from Phase I to Phase IV, depending on the amount of self motivation that is exercised.
Phase I -The Intake This is the initial phase of EGIIP whereby members of the Domestic Peace Corps (DPC) [See http://nf2now.us/dpc/] gain the trust of homeless individuals dwelling on the streets (in all imaginable ways i.e. encampments, sidewalks, beaches, parks, vacant lots, abandoned buildings, automobiles, RVs, etc.) to the degree that the latter are willing to follow them off the street to temporary shelter already erected/constructed and prepared for their arrival.
Each homeless individual and/or family will remain there for approximately one month, depending on their condition. They will first be debriefed by the staff which will consist of one facility director, one secretary and two counselors in addition to six Domestic Peace Corps (DPC) workers including the same ones who gained their trust on the street and brought them to the facility. All DPC workers will reside side by side with the former homeless residents.
During their stay, basic amenities will be provided such as a safe place to sleep, storage of personal belongings, nourishing meals, restroom and showers, investigative counseling, and when needed, medical, dental and psychological services.
Based on the original Dome Village guidelines, the population of this facility will consist of a maximum 30 individuals at any given time, thereby ensuring a civil, neighborly existence.
Phase I provides the opportunity for these formerly homeless people to simply “relax” and begin reconsidering the direction of their lives.
Phase II – Orientation & Direction After completing Phase I, participants will be transitioned into Phase II. This will be a separate orientation facility offering the same basic amenities as Phase I plus destination counseling* which will include examinations of physical and psychological fitness, education level, life & occupational skills aptitude, etc. If necessary, this is where certain participants will enter rehabilitation for extreme substance abuse and/or addiction in addition to re-education and training for routine work.
Keep in mind, even if we have access to a huge swath of land, all facilities for Phases I, II and III, will remain sub-divided into “neighborhoods” with a population of 30 maximum residents plus professional staff and DPC workers for each.
*There are two ultimate Phase IV destinations: 1. Mainstream society – this represents an individual’s choice to return to (or for the first time become part of) conventional society either within the local city/community or elsewhere outside the region, perhaps another city or state. 2. Township/Chartered Community – this represents an individual’s choice to join the exodus to a pre-planned, government chartered, industrial based, socially integrated town, village, hamlet, city, or other such named place.
After orientation counseling, each participant will be directed toward a certain program preparing them for what’s to come based on their desired choice of destination and how much rehabilitation and/or training is required.
Please note the following:
a. Upon completion of counseling and/or participation for a period i.e. anytime along the way, every single former homeless individual can freely choose to drop out of the program and take their leave entirely. b. However, IF the choice to leave the program is freely made and that individual heads back to living on the streets. And IF that individual discovers he/she is unable to sustain themselves and returns to ask if they can rejoin the program, they will NOT be allowed to return to Phase II but, instead, will be required to re- enter Phase I from the very beginning. c. All formerly homeless individuals who leave the program to return to a life on the streets, having been afforded an alternative opportunity, will have opened themselves up to being dealt with by law enforcement, which will have been fully, completely and continually explained to every participant (and supported by the resident DPC workers) throughout their stays during Phases I & II.
Only those formerly homeless individuals who have successfully completed every step of Phases I & II will be eligible to graduate to Phase III – Social Adjustment. ANY/ALL participants who violate rules and regulations and/or demonstrate behavior proving their lack of desire to take part in or lack of need for the program will be free to leave at any time, as stated previously, and WILL NOT become eligible for graduation to Phase III.
The time needed for each participant or family to remain in Phase II depends on their respective abilities to adjust, function and motivate. As Phase II evolves, it is possible that participants will begin to tackle Phase III’s (- Social Adjustment) teachings simultaneously, so the two may overlap for a period of time. But we foresee an average estimated Phase II/Phase III time frame lasting anywhere from 9 to 15 months.
Phase III – Social Adjustment Continuing along the lines of Phase II, Phase III is a much deeper dive into guiding and re-programming formerly homeless individuals by focusing on continued education, training, social re-orientation and, finally, preparation for transitioning to Phase IV – Destination.
Phase IV – Destination = Mainstream or decentralization into planned, government chartered, mixed-class, 21st century industrial communities Upon successful completion of Phases I – III, participants will “graduate” to Phase IV and segue into their new lives in one of two ways: 1. Mainstream – By securing permanent housing and gainful employment in order to sustain their cost of living, having worked out transportation to and from their place of employment, along with having acquired health, dental, accident and life insurance in addition to any related supportive services needed. 2. Township/Chartered Community – By moving to an already functioning, welcoming, mixed social class community designed to serve as the business center of a rural area i.e. house, employ, feed, provide healthcare for and protect all its participating citizens at a much lower cost of living threshold than is required for mainstream living.
Exodus With Transition
This cannot be overstated, if the exodus is to be successful, it will have to take place transitionally.
In other words, between Point A = the urban center and Point B = the new land, there must be a period during which the peoples of the exodus have the opportunity to shed old ways while learning the new ways of their life to be.
This gradual transition process will serve to prevent a state of shock which would only impede the progress of the plan.
*Important Note: The concept of Transition is the “back-bone” of the Exodus Genesis Initiative/Incentive Plan. It has been designed to both break the cycle of homelessness and empower homeless people.
Therefore, any effort that concentrates homeless persons into camps, towns, villages, shelters, etc., without a social-class integration will only lead to destructive ghetto environments and will not be tolerated. (Please see The United States Domestic Peace Corps, an inarguable necessity and center component of the entire objective.) Any effort to simply “round-up” the homeless and immediately move them from the urban area to some remote location with no transition time or means of support would be cruel, insensitive, inhumane and unjust. Know that any such effort must and will be met with demonstrative opposition from the American people, led by me, Ted Hayes. In no uncertain terms, to attempt an exodus without transition is foolish, thoughtless and doomed to failure.
The Philosophy of EGIIP
After assessing the homelessness situation in the United States, it is clear that if we are to actually break the cycle of homelessness, or even endeavor to manage it, there must be a national plan and strategy put into place that is supported by a national policy that stems from a presidential executive order(s).
In order for any national plan to achieve its goal, it will require no less than the fervor associated with the “Marshall Plan” (formally the European Recovery Program or ERP) for the rebuilding of Europe at the end of WWII, which came into being at the behest of President Harry S. Truman.
Apart from such an all-out comprehensive effort against homelessness in America, our work will be a waste of both private and public funds, time and resources.
However, failure to immediately devise and implement a national plan could be the very undoing of our nation. A nation which was built, ironically, by “homeless” peoples i.e. willing immigrants and those whom they brought to America as slaves.
The concept of the Exodus Genesis Initiative/Incentive Plan (EGIIP) is the only such approach to the ravages of homelessness in the United States and the western world.
EGIIP derived from the 8 year experience of Ted Hayes choosing to purposely dwell among homeless people on Los Angeles’ Skid Row city sidewalks followed by an additional 13 years in the Dome Village (which, against all odds, was erected right in the middle of downtown LA!) with the deliberate goal of understanding homelessness first hand and seeking viable solutions to it.
Born of those experiences, EGIIP’s ultimate objective is the voluntary exodus of masses of people, including but not limited to the homeless, from dense and over-populated urban areas and systematically relocating them into planned and highly productive alternative communities i.e. Phase IV – Destination.
These new and innovative planned communities will be self sustaining by the production of various commodities that are 21st Century orientated. Thus, for the time being, these planned communities are being called ’21st Century Industrial Communities’.
The Exiled, Banished and Outcast of Society
The homeless population is made up of those that have literally been pushed, exiled and/or banished to the outer edges of society; what the Bible calls the “cast outs” or the “outcast” because of their economic, political, social and religious weaknesses.
Not only are they, alarmingly, banished and exiled inside the city itself, but then insurmountable obstacles are placed in their way denying them any possibility of re-entry into conventional society.
To make matters worse, due to the failure of the safety net structures, the outcast are publicly maligned and branded as “outlaws” as well as public health, safety and property menaces. All of which leads to increasing legislation resulting in more and more draconian, municipal codes aimed directly at them.
The great flaw of today’s society is that the aforementioned safety net structures are only focused on trying to catch folks immediately before they fall to the very bottom of the black hole of homelessness.
However, without a viable mechanism to move folks off the net and into productive citizenship, it remains filled with the fallen. And by sheer weight of numbers, the system breaks. EGIIP is meant to not only assist the national safety net, but also guide the homeless into productive citizenship.
One of the major causes of and factors perpetuating homelessness, among other social ills, is the high density of many areas resulting from overpopulation. Not only are the land and environment polluted, but the very souls/ psyches of the people themselves.
To attempt to remedy a social ill caused by the very environment in which it is found is like bathing with soaps and oil fragrances in a tub of sewage filth – this is not a solution!
The Mass Exodus
The Exodus Genesis portion of EGIIP entails the migration of the homeless – and quite possibly other willing inner city, suburban and rural residents – away from areas that can no longer sustain them.
This exiting of overly dense populations is akin to the necessity of evacuating a burning building.
Note: Think of it this way – if a building filled with crowds of people is burning, the first to leave would be those nearest the exit doors. Therefore, if a city is “afire” with terminal social ills, whose “flames” could be “doused” (ergo, its occupants lives could be saved) simply by the exodus of some of its populations, then it stands to reason that the homeless should be the first to exit.
Food For Thought: Imagine if 500 well educated, highly intelligent, finely cultured and sophisticated people were locked in a room having the capacity to host only 150 for 3 days; pure madness would ensue. The psychological, social and physical illnesses that would develop are unimaginable!
No matter how civil those people are – or have been trained to be – the natural law of “survival of the fittest” would dictate that the strongest must survive, while the weakest are to be pushed out of existence. Not that this law is necessarily a bad principle; obviously, it is the order that allows for the continuation of the species!
However, in our zeal to personally survive, we must remember that we are human beings with the ability to think above and beyond some of these natural laws towards better solutions.
In the overcrowded room example – food, clothing, money, medicine, counseling, etc. are not what is needed to alleviate the suffering that is occurring but, rather, MORE SPACE. If more space were available, the people could spread out and calm down, hence, allowing for the cessation of at least half, if not most, of the ills related to the room’s human density.
Since we cannot “enlarge the room”, the next best (and seemingly most sensible) alternative is to free some of the people to leave it.
Naturally, the people who would have the honor to first be relieved from that horrible, overcrowded condition would be the ones who, for better or worse, have been pushed by the strongest from the middle to the outer edges i.e. “nearest the door”, thereby setting them up for the quickest departure.
“So the last shall be first, and the first last” Matthew 20:16
Historical References Validating The EGIIP Approach
Exoduses Are Historically Normal So, Why Not Now?
The EGIIP concept is not calling for something new, but that which has been a tried and true practice throughout the history of humanity.
Being social creatures, we tend to eventually migrate from rural to urban areas and cease to be nomadic by settling down and building established villages, towns and sprawling cities.
When these cities become sprawling urban centers accompanied by the social ills resulting from the pollution of construction, density and overpopulation, a dire need for new/additional space emerges.
Unfortunately, since “free” open frontiers do not exist, the expanding groups of people begin to “militarily” take land from others.
It goes without saying that forcefully taking already settled lands from other peoples is wrong, period. However, the issue here is the fact that land space is needed and must be attained one way or another in order for the overpopulated to re-settle.
The Biblical, Historical Hebrew Exodus From Egypt
According to the Book of Exodus of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Torah, ancient Hebrew peoples exited the land of Egypt because they were subjected to social, economic, political and religious oppression.
Their condition of being enslaved, which was brought on by the rejection that they received from the mainstream of Egyptian society, was intolerable!
The Hebrew people knew that if they were not going to be accepted by that society as having equal justice and opportunities, then they had no choice but to leave it. After some fancy and forceful persuasion, Egyptian society also came around to the realization that a mass exodus of the Hebrew people would be in its best interest.
The rejected Hebrews literally walked off that repulsive land on the continent of Africa to enter another land known as Canaan.
There they were able to begin a new life (Genesis) where their former oppression was traded for a liberty to live as they envisioned GOD of their fathers meant for them to. And in so doing, they took on the corresponding responsibilities that go hand in hand with freedom.
Not only were the Hebrew people elated about leaving a hostile environment to seek a new life, but the Egyptian people were equally eager to see them go (again, thanks to some very powerful persuasion tactics). In fact, the Egyptians even helped finance the great exodus with reparations.
Still, as history teaches, the Hebrews did not immediately arrive and succeed in their new home. The migration was gradual and transitional (40 years). The purpose of the transitional period was for the people to first unlearn the old destructive ways of the society that had rejected and pushed them to its outer edges, in order to then be able to adapt to the productive ways of a new one.
This biblical concept holds true today. For whatever reasons, society has given birth to homelessness and rejected the people entrapped by or held bondage to it.
The impossible response to resolve the tragedy is to attempt to mainstream homeless people. The unacceptable response is to leave the situation as is. The intolerable response is to outlaw and imprison them. That leaves us with one last option, exodus and re-settlement.
The Three Key Components
Once the Hebrews and Egyptians realized, through the process of elimination, that exodus was the only real way to resolve the crisis, they had to go about working through the “how”.
In order for the exodus to become viable, three interlocking components were required: 1. government cooperation 2. business interests/investments and most importantly… 3. the will of the people
These are the same 3 keys that will lead to EGIIP’s ultimate success.
The Pilgrims Exodus of Europe and The American Dream
The pilgrims, that original collective of individuals who made the first journey across the North Atlantic Ocean to America, also recognized they had no other recourse but to leave Europe.
For obvious reasons they realized it was futile to continue their attempts to meld with the mainstream of that continents’ nations! The religious, political, economic and social oppression of mainstream towards these peoples must have been pretty horrible for them to uproot from their native lands, become homeless in transition, brave the cold, dangerous waters of the ocean and suffer the misery of uncertainty, all in the hope of beginning anew (Genesis) in America.
The success of the pilgrims became the foundation for what constitutes the American Dream of liberty, justice, and opportunity – a new land crying out “…Send these, the homeless…”.
That dream lured them! However, we must never forget, it was the European nightmare of bondage, cruelty and lack of space that chased them out of Europe in the first place.
This wonderful American dream lured and drove them!
Also, multinational corporations invested in the American Dream, the British government, and of course, the will of pilgrims themselves.
It must continue to be emphasized that any exodus which does not include the component of the “will of the people” making a choice to exit, equates to oppression and exile. It must and will be resisted.
The Statue of Liberty
After the Pilgrims made that first successful landing on the North American continent, at what became known as Plymouth, Massachusetts, other Europeans uprooted and followed them.
Out of necessity, they caught the fever of the American Dream and escaped the European nightmare; making the choice to become “homeless” in exchange for the opportunity to start anew.
It was out of this necessity to be free from the oppression of Europe and to have a free future for their descendants that they built America into the great nation of immigrants (i.e., homeless peoples and chattel slaves) that it is today.
The French people acknowledged and saluted our American ancestors in all that they believed and all that they achieved when they presented this nation of “homeless” peoples with a giant statue officially known as Liberty Enlightening the World, later referred to as the Statue of Liberty.
Inscribed on the plaque held in the right arm and hand of “Ms. Liberty” is a poem written by Emma Lazarus entitled “The New Colossus”, which sums up the whole idea of the exodus from the state of oppression to an existence of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.
The woman says to the lands of oppressors:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free ,the wretched refuse on your teeming shore. Send these, the Homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Exiled immigrants and homeless peoples are one and the same. Ironically, the statue is also called the Mother of Exiles. The original founders of America were outcast exiles from their own lands of nativity. The spirit of the Mother of Exiles says to the world, “I will take the rejects of your society. I will offer them freedom in exchange for their necessity to invent a new and better life, which will make me great.”
It has been said that “One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure.” Apparently, the Mother of Exiles has a sister whose name is Necessity, the Mother of Invention.
Is it any wonder, in just a few hundred years , America has given birth to a new nation – possibly the greatest nation in the history of humanity – the United States of America?
This country is a nation of exiled immigrants who have intense needs. Where need doesn’t exist, there is no desire. Where there is no desire, there is no dream. Where there is no dream, there is no vision. Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Today, homelessness in America need not be viewed as either shameful or non-redeemable.
Homelessness is the tool of remembrance. It causes us to look back and reflect on the plight of our brave ancestors. How out of the dire need to “breathe free”, we can and must draw upon our “Yankee ingenuity” to address and solve the homelessness problem, once and for all.
It is the ravaging nature of homelessness in America that will ultimately shake us out of our lethargy, causing us to rise up and create innovative tools that will propel us forward into a great third century.
America now has the opportunity to reinvigorate the flame of Liberty Enlightening the World. By opening our eyes and taking action to fix this giant fracture that has developed here in our great land, the epidemic of homelessness, homeless peoples exiled worldwide will be infused with hope and inspired to overcome any obstacle that challenges them.
For Americans to reject homeless people, flies in the face of our ancestors. It severely betrays their pilgrimage, suffering and sacrifice. To oppress the homeless is to oppress ourselves. It is a mockery of the American Dream, turning our foreparents’ vision into an American Nightmare.
Along with other exoduses of history, EGIIP is simply a dream within the American Dream. In fact, it is the evolution of the American Dream.
With the homeless populations becoming what they are and the threat that homelessness poses to American civilization, it is time that we metaphorically turn the Statue of Liberty/the Mother of Exiles around – away from calling to lands elsewhere and toward facing this nation.
Allow her to guide our homeless away from the overburdened urban centers to new territories within the United States. Let her cry out this time to America “Give me…the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the Homeless, tempest-tossed to me…”
As soon as we do, we can rest assured that her sister Necessity, the Mother of Invention will inspire and stir the Yankee ingenuity inherent in all of us to devise solutions to our own needs.
The American Exodus, “Go West Young Man, Go West”.
The migration movement west from the eastern U.S. is yet another example that proves EGIIP is not a new idea.
This migration came as a result of social pressures on overpopulated eastern cities which lacked gainful employment opportunities, thereby rejecting people.
In an effort to avoid repeating Europe’s mistakes of oppression and exile, America provided its citizens with options. They could remain in the urban areas and attempt the daunting task of re-entering the mainstream or they could exit and travel to a new destination in the western territories of the North American continent. “Go West, young man. Go West”.
Over the years, large numbers of the population did indeed choose to leave the eastern cities and head west in what is termed the “Homestead Movement”. Gradually, the American immigrants moved into the Louisiana Territory and beyond the Mississippi River into what became the western states of Oregon, Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado, the Dakotas, Montana, Washington State, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, California, etc.
It was as though the immigrants (who later became known as settlers) were being led by the Mother of Exiles and her sister, the Mother of Invention, into these new western destinations.
In order for the United States to become as great as it is today, it could never have afforded to let its populations languish in its east coast cities. It had to devise a plan that would both help its people and simultaneously strengthen itself.
It was in the best interest of the United States and its citizens to develop a plan of exodus from the east to genesis in the west. The unfathomable regret is that the plan came at the horrendous and nightmarish expense of the Native American people and their way of life – a major issue that has yet to be directly addressed by the American people and its government.
The Great Mormon Exodus
Another working example of the Exodus Genesis (leaving and beginning anew) concept is that of the Mormons and their Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints in the mid-1800’s.
In 1847, due to religious persecution in the states of New York, Ohio and Missouri (which led to social, political and economic repression), the Mormons exited and went to a region now known as Salt Lake City, Utah.
By 1849, these “outcasts” went on to develop a civil government for themselves. In 1850, the Congress of the United States legally organized and incorporated the area into the Territory of Utah. And finally, in 1896, Utah was admitted into the United States as the 45th state of the Union.
Today, Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah, is one of the most thriving cities in the world. America can now be proud of the very peoples whom were cast out of mainstream society by religious oppression.
In this case, the three key components for an exodus were not there simultaneously but, rather, consecutively. The first two were the will of the people (the Mormons themselves) and their own investments; then the government sanctioned their exodus and its subsequent results.
Liberia, Africa, The Great Monroe Plan For Black Americans
In the 1830s, President James Monroe, along with Black leaders of the time, devised a plan that would return freed black slaves from America back to continental west coast Africa.
When the three key components were in place i.e. the government, corporate/business investment and the will of the freed slaves, a shipload of black people left the United States and sailed back to Africa.
They finally settled in the region now known as Liberia. Monroeville, its capital city, was named after the president who initiated the Exodus Genesis.
Post Civil War Exodus of Blacks From The South To The North
At the end of the American Civil War, thousands of emancipated black peoples, particularly men, exited the oppressive South and headed to northern cities such as Chicago, New York, Detroit, Washington D.C., etc. which served as the setting for the genesis of their new lives.
Lands of the Exiles: Transportation To America and Australia Transportation to American Colonies (including Georgia ) – Used as a kind of receptacle for England’s unwanted prior to the War of 1776, the British government regularly shipped many convicts to its American colonies.
The practice called Transportation helped to relieve overcrowding in British jails. Though all sorts of criminals made up the lot (including murderers who were offered the option to leave or die), the majority of prisoners Transported were those who had committed crimes of nuisance, petty theft, street brawling, owing debts, loitering, public inebriation, trespassing, etc.
These are crimes that a person would commit as a consequence of their negative social, economic and political status in society.
They are those individuals who have been pushed out of mainstream into a state of exile within their own land; in essence, the homeless.
Apparently, government officials were realistic about these peoples’ prospects for becoming productive in the mainstream society of England. So, as an alternative, it provided them a free ticket opportunity to start their lives anew. Being Transported to the colonies was better than being confined in prison or possibly hanged.
Compared to what they previously had, it was as though they won a lottery. Perhaps for the first time in their lives they felt a sense of hope followed by a sense of purpose. In this case homelessness was not the end of their life, but, indeed, the genesis of a new and adventurous one.
They were going to America, the land of dreams and opportunities. Of course, in that circumstance they were not given a choice, but sent against their will. Let me repeat here, this cannot and will not be condoned – ever – and is absolutely not a factor or consideration in the proposed exodus within America according to EGIIP.
Transportation To Australia
When the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, Britain could no longer send their convicts to the colonies in America, so they had to find another place to transport them. In 1786, the British government decided to start a prison colony specifically for British convicts in New South Wales, Australia.
The demographics of the original settlers were 500 male and 160 female convicts, approximately 200 British soldiers who served as guards and about 30 of their wives and a few children.
It was during the 1790’s that other British and Irish citizens began to voluntarily emigrate to New South Wales in search of the “Australian Dream”, wishing to escape the oppression of Europe.
From 1786 until the mid 1900’s, most of the people immigrating to Australia were English and Irish. However, after WWII ended in 1945, the government began a special exodus to Australia for continental Europeans who had been made homeless by the war.
Today, Australia is a thriving, progressive nation with many prosperous cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. In fact, the Summer Olympics of year 2,000 were hosted by none other than Sydney, Australia.
This once vast wilderness, whose very foundation is based on the exiled peoples’ need to survive, has become a major world power. Much like the genesis of the United States, Australia’s beginning is steeped in the spirits of Liberty, Mother of Exiles and Necessity, Mother of Invention.
Again, The Three Key Components In the original settlement of New South Wales, Australia, one of the three key components needed for a just exodus was missing.
As it was with America, the government did not offer a choice but ordered the prison inmates to go. The will of the people was not involved, at least not at first. However, the funds, transportation and resources were made available by the private sector. It was only later that the transported people realized the new opportunity they had unwittingly received by being sent to Australia.
Also, as happened in America to its Native Americans, this Exodus Genesis produced negative consequences for the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. They were tragically oppressed and forced into a state of homelessness within their own land at the hands of Europeans.
The Modern State of Israel
One of the most profound exodus experiences in recent history is that which has led to the creation and continued development of the modern Jewish State of Israel!
In response to oppression in the late 1800s, European Jews formed a movement called Zionism for the purpose of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine.
The people of Israel left Europe and created hundreds of tiny communities in the Middle East called Kibbutzim where they worked hard and efficiently to cultivate the barren land. That effort led to the formation of the sovereign State of Israel.
In 1948, with a population of 806,000, Israel officially became a state. Between 1948 and the mid-1980’s, 1.8 million Jews migrated to Israel. The vast majority came from Europe. Today, Israel has a population of 4.4 million people.
The tiny state has grown to be one of the most advanced nations in high technology and military might. Once more, it was the spirit of Liberty, the Mother of Exiles and Necessity, the Mother of Invention that inspired those Jewish peoples to leave the oppression of Europe and go build the State of Israel in the face of all odds.
Today, Israel has grown to a dangerous point of density and overpopulation due to the birth rate and massive immigration of Jews who are part of the continuing exodus from what they consider oppressive societies.
In order to alleviate this problem, the Israeli government is planning its own massive exodus from the urban areas of the north and south into the Negev Dessert. By utilizing technological ingenuity, Israel plans to cultivate the desert and turn it into a habitable environment in which people can live and prosper.
In the case of the State of Israel, all three key components were present at its genesis: 1. the government i.e. the United Nations which voted to designate a certain region of Palestine for the Israeli State 2. resources from governments and private investments and 3. the will of the Jewish people. Unfortunately, many Arabs were against the existence of a Jewish state and remain resistant to this day.
Initiative/Incentive The Initiative/Incentive aspect of EGIIP is by no means the “end all, to cure all”. It is designed to initiate a national movement to devise a plan that will ultimately eradicate homelessness in America and incentivize the key players involved to implement, tweak, commit to and repeat the plan’s success once proven.
It is not possible for Ted Hayes’ Justiceville/Homeless USA organization to meet such a daunting task alone. Its objective in sharing the Exodus Genesis Initiative/Incentive Plan is to stimulate a broad based effort to that end.
The Dome Village concept was itself an excellent example of a catalyst. All those years ago, it served as the precursor to Phase I of EGIIP – a laboratory test model for what can be achieved.
Though the village concept was only a test, it nevertheless embodied the elements and seed components for a national approach to breaking the cycle of homelessness. The Dome Village served as a proverbial “petri dish” in which we sought to grow an understanding of how to successfully eliminate homelessness altogether.
It was meant to be followed by a national plan that would include all the necessary “seeds” to be planted and manifest in their due seasons – just as a seed becomes a sprout, a sprout becomes a sapling, a sapling becomes a mature tree…EGIIP is that plan.
Two Kinds of Incentives In order for a national plan addressing homelessness to work, incentives will be required for all participating parties i.e. 1. government 2. corporate business and 3. homeless people.
There are two kinds of incentives that are equally fair for all parties. They are: The Draw and The Kick In The Ass (KITA).
- The Draw Incentive is one that demonstrates or convinces the participants that they would benefit and prosper from the plan. In other words, “If you do such and such, you will receive what you invested plus interest.” It is good for you!
- The Kick In The Ass Incentive is one that demands compliance in order to avoid negative/destructive consequences. Generally, human beings will not take action unless a very strong reason prevails, such as survival. In the instance of a homeless person, the KITA Incentive says, “Either get off the streets through one or several of the provided avenues or become subject to arrest facing jail time.” However, the KITA incentive also speaks to the non-homeless who are in positions of influence, affluence and power. To them it says, “Get the homeless off the streets or face health and safety problems that will lead to business flight.”
The issue here is not so much about getting the homeless off the streets as it is about the tactics by which that is done. At present, local municipalities are legislating laws specifically aimed at the homeless populations. Though this strategy may eventually achieve its goal, it will have been at the cost of our freedom because law enforcement was used to do it. Such will make America a fascist state. The prospect of this action is repulsive to American people. Fascism is what American people have always fought against. To succumb to it will be a betrayal of our ancestors.
The KITA incentive says “fix it or else”. In order for any national plan to be significantly effective, including EGIIP, it must contain points of self-interest for everyone involved. That is the surefire way to not only CAPTURE the attention of the government, businesses/ corporations and the people (i.e. local communities and the homeless themselves) but to KEEP it!
Should the United States fail to act nationally on homelessness in America, the worst scenarios are:
• the homeless populations will increase in numbers and complexities
• the streets and public places of social gathering will be inundated with the homeless people residing there accompanied by the subsequent trash and filth
• general concerns of the growing threats to local business and neighborhood interests, as well as to public health and safety, will cause an even greater PR backlash than presently exists leading to the persecution of the homeless peoples through the legislation of local municipal codes specifically designed against them and their existence; in essence, turning the homeless into outlaws
• the eventual arrest and incarceration of the masses of homeless peoples into boot or work camps and other various forms of penal institutions, which will turn the U.S. federal and local governments into fascist states.
All of this disaster will come about because America abandoned the just cause, and instead chose law enforcement as the incorrect means by which to resolve social maladies such as homelessness.
If this occurs, all that our founding parents struggled for, “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness..”, will be lost. The spirit of Liberty will leave this land taking her inventive sister, Necessity, along with her.
America has postured itself in its short history as the champion of freedom, democracy, civil liberty, justice and human rights both within the U.S. and abroad.
America can either ignore the ancient cry of the heritage of our founding parents, thereby betraying their suffering, or we can fulfill the yearning of all peoples to breathe free by choosing to justly resolve this deep, emotional, political and social crisis.
Of course, homelessness has existed throughout the world since the beginning of recorded history. And yes, it is a huge and seemingly insurmountable task to manage or tame.
But the time has come to take new, inspired action to directly address it in lieu of applying useless band aids over the gaping wound, or worse, turning a blind eye!
As the late Robert F. Kennedy believed, so must we …“Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.”