Driving Question: How do disputes within city governments impact the homeless populations in Los Angeles and Orange County ? The five generalizations that connect to the driving question and the topic are composed of opposing forces, may be natural or man-made, may be intentional or unintentional, may allow for synthesis and change, and is progressive. Composed of opposing forces is related to the topic because there are two sides against each other, the homeless population on one side and the city governments on the other. This conflict is relevant to being man-made or natural because this conflict is made by humans due to city governments not approving homeless shelter plans. The conflict is intentional because city governments are in charge of approving proposal plans but are not doing that. This conflict leads people to having ideas about helping, by making more shelters to let changes occur. This conflict keeps changing over time with changes in the community, private organizations, or public support for homeless. Our slr results are :
Q1: What are some barriers or challenges that cities face when it comes to helping the homeless population?
A1: Cities are always challenged by trying to provide programs that everyone agrees with. Some residents would like money to be spent on homelessness issues, while other residents would prefer the funds to be used to fill potholes (just an example). Of course money is always a barrier, as there is never enough to do all that we would like.
Q2:What are city governments doing to improve access to more homeless shelters for homeless in general or shelters with limited capacity?
A2: The City of Santa Ana has several emergency shelters and are also interesting in providing permanent supportive housing.
Q3:What are the steps or processes that must be taken in order for a homeless shelter to be accepted within a city’s rules/regulations?
A3: A shelter would need to follow all Planning regulations for land use. In addition, as in the past, the project is typically shared with the neighborhood for feedback and acceptance. This often times makes it difficult to construct because many people are against having a shelter in the area where they live.
Q4:How do cities work with each other or not work with each other when it comes to managing their homeless populations?
A4: Cities are aware that homelessness knows no boundaries and that it is beneficial to work together. There are several organizations and governmental entities coming together to address this issue.
Q5:What influences city governments to approve or not approve building homeless shelters, or to provide more or less financial resources towards the homeless populations.
Reflection 1: My first article was about how a man named Greg Schiller, who helped out some homeless people by letting them sleep in his basement on freezing nights in December, but was stopped by city officials who said that what he was doing was unlawful, and a zoning and public safety issue, as well as a property maintenance issue. This article relates to the universal theme conflict and to may be intentional or unintentional because the city officials are doing their job intentionally or unintentionally. My second article is also about how Greg Schiller helped out some homeless in cold weather but got stopped by city officials. This article relates to conflict because it is also a conflict that is intentional or unintentional because the city officials might have not had any other decision. My third article was about how many homeless could not stand the cold weather so their last hope was to stay in a subway. This article relates to conflict because it is composed of opposing forces because there are two sides against each other the weather and city officials not helping make more shelters so since there are no shelters for homeless the weather is making them have to seek refuge in a subway. My fourth article is about how due to cold weather homeless have been trying to go to shelters for help from the cold but have been turned away due to the shelters being full. This conflict is progressive because that means if more people are homeless this year more shelters will be packed faster, and this conflict also may allow for synthesis and change because this could lead to more people wanting to build more shelters which would be good. The sixth article I found so far is about how there are solutions to end homelessness and what we can do to help out. This conflict may allow for synthesis and change because if there were more shelters it could help reduce the number of homeless. My seventh article is about how there are being shortages of affordable housing. This conflict may be natural or man-made because it is created by humans because people are the ones that are making there be less affordable houses for homeless. My eighth article is about Huntington Beach decided not to evict an organization that helps homeless. This conflict may allow for synthesis and change because more people might want to help and Huntington Beach might want to start helping. The last article I found is about Irvine City Council members did not like Supervisor Shawn Nelsons’ idea of opening a 200 person-temporary homeless shelter. This conflict is composed of opposing forces because the two sides that are versus each other are city council and Nelsons’ supporters. So far in this topic, something new I learned was that people are usually the ones who do not want more shelters because the city gets their money from the people who pay taxes to buy/build more places for out city and most people would rather want a new pool instead of a homeless shelter. My partner and I changed our exploration of the topic because before we wanted to make a solution and make more shelters so our topic was going to be homeless shelters but it was to broad. My collaboration is going good so far. So far everything, our slr, is going good. Reflection 2: Since the last time I wrote about my research, I have found out that city governments make the decisions they do to get voted again. Our topic changed a little because we are focusing on how disputes within city governments creates an impact on homeless in Los Angeles and Orange County, instead of looking for why don’t city governments make more homeless shelters. Now that I am in the “student-led research” me and my partner will be conducting an interview. We will be doing an interview because we have people that can answer our questions better than the internet would. What has not been easy about this process is getting our interview questions answered, because people we contacted have not gotten back to us. In our next steps , what we need to do to successfully complete this component of this project is get our responses to our questions. Our collaborating is going good so far, and everything has been working well so far. Reflection 3: Since the last time I wrote about my research I have learned what it takes for a homeless shelter plan to be approved and why don’t people like homeless shelters being built. What I learned about my ability to work with others is pretty good. My group wants to make sure our trifold board background and imagery looks like inside a homeless tent and for it to have items homeless may contain. It will connect to our conflict because it will show what homeless have to live in because of the impact city governments disputes have. Our supplemental piece might be some sort of game that will connect to our topic. We need to come up with how to make it “pop” and be fun but also get people to think on the topic. My collaboration is going good so far. Reflection 4: My driving question is, How does disputes within city governments impact the homeless populations in Los Angeles and Orange County? Some revisions that I have made to our presentation as I have prepared and rehearsed is I have double checked there is correct spelling and grammar in both English and Spanish. Yes, I did learn about the importance of revision and editing because the thought of messing up or not knowing what to stay while answering a question or even during the presentation is very nervousing and scary to think about. What I learned about scholarly and student-led research through this experience is it is very different than regular research and you usually use scholarly resources. What I would have done different is try not waste any more time thinking I will finish in time because sometimes time could end up being your enemy. Some advice I would give an incoming student next year about the project-based learning experience of Symposium is to not waste any time, try their best, and always try to keep on improving because I know that they can do much better. Even though the experience is extremely tough and nerve wracking at times they should not give up no matter what.