For far too long, the national conversation on homelessness has been only about restoration, but not prevention. When an individual or family moves from the area of poverty, and into full blown legitimate homelessness, it becomes a very expensive to rebuild their life. It is estimated that, in general, a homeless person costs the tax payers an average $30K per year. That’s right, more  than the average minimum wage worker makes annually. There has got to be a better system.

The face of homelessness is not what it used to be, more and more families are finding themselves without a savings account that could be used in an emergency. When a sudden crisis strikes: loss of employment, medical conditions, or acts of god that destroy property, homelessness is on the other side to devour those suffering from desperation.

People truly can’t keep up with the growing cost of living, between inflation and rising housing costs alone are preventatives to the goals of basic survival, much less financial independence or family vacations.

The only way to truly stop homelessness is prevent it at the source. One way to do that is by creating a genuine reduction in the overall cost of living. Moving beyond the idea that we need so much space to live or be happy.

The point of this journey that we are on as a family is not to prove that everyone should move into a tiny house, but to show that they could. Beyond that, there are manageable ways for families to live tiny so they can live big. At the end of the day, the less space you occupy, the cheaper it is for you. If you can reduce your overall cost of living, it leaves you with more money to save and play.

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Nathan Monk is a husband, father, author, and former Orthodox priest who writes about growing up in childhood homelessness, and brings awareness to the social and justice issues related to first world poverty.

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