Solution: Eliminate Money: Repurpose Obsolete Buildings

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Statistical data available in 2018 showed that, using the USA as an example, the vacant office space meant an average of over 8,000 square feet per person was available for every homeless person.1, 2, 3 This, in addition to the spaces previously used for banks, insurance, and such, can make a huge impact in urban areas where homelessness is currently such a large issue. And, add to that the millions of people who currently work in soon-to-be-extinct professions, many of whom have can now work to secure shelter in areas of the world that are most impoverished.

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  1. "Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey," United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed December 12, 2018, https://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.htm.
  2. "Office Space Calculator," SquareFoot, Accessed December 12, 2018, https://www.squarefoot.com/office-space-calculator.
  3. Alastair Gee, "America's homeless population rises for the first time since the Great Recession: Exclusive: a new government study finds 553,742 people were homeless on a single night this year, as advocates lament a crisis that shows no sign of abating," The Guardian, December 6, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/05/america-homeless-population-2017-official-count-crisis.