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Tiny Houses Built in Portland & Austin To Welcome The Homeless

Tiny Houses Built in Portland & Austin To Welcome The Homeless

Inspired by the Tiny House movement, Dignity Village outside of Portland, Oregon is aiming to alleviate the homeless problems of the Pacific Northwest. Originally a tent city, they began building tiny homes to replace the tents in 2003.

Washington state, Oregon and California make up the entire West Coast. They also account for more than 25% of the homeless population in the United States, according to research by Oregonlive. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has found that at least 610,042 persons fall asleep every night across the country at bus stops, in shelters, in front of shops, abandoned buildings, public spaces, car parks, tent cities and other similar places.

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Dignity Village offers tiny houses for the homeless at $200 a month for rent, and $25 a month for utilities. It costs $3,300 to make each tiny cottage. There are communal spaces to watch television, craft and meet one another. They survive on donations, odd jobs, and government assistance. While hard drugs and alcohol are not allowed on the premises, marijuana is allowed at Dignity Village.

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Cities like Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles are well known for large numbers of homeless people wandering aimlessly, digging through trash bins, pandering, begging for food and some even using drugs and alcohol in the open to cope with mental instability, anxiety or to ward off withdrawal. It’s become a part of daily visual life in many West Coast cities. A persistent virus that many leaders and activists can’t seem to ‘fix’ or get a hold of.

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Advocates say this won’t end the chronic homeless problem but will offer some sense of structure and opportunity for an underserved community. A religious-oriented homeless group in Austin, Texas, Mobile Loaves & Fishes are challenging the tiny house concept. Community First! is a 27-acre housing development they want to build.

Featured photo credit: Franco Folini via flic.kr

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

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By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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