One-Percent Homeless Solution

This is a proposal to lessen or eliminate homelessness from Santa Barbara. I propose a voluntary 1% sales tax on all purchases in Santa Barbara.

This is a strictly voluntary tax to be accepted or denied by each customer. The revenue collected as a result of said voluntary 1% sales tax would pay the rent for low-rent studios or rooms in the area. Persons seeking rent-paid studios or rooms would be reviewed to see if they really don’t have adequate income or financial resources to pay rent. The rent-paid studios or rooms would first go to the elderly and disabled homeless, with the hope that there would be enough for all. In some cases the rent would go to group homes for the indigent mentally ill.

The voluntary tax gives the opportunity to help the less fortunate and improve the social atmosphere in Santa Barbara while not demanding a cent from people who do not want to participate. It is worth noting that downtown business will increase without the constant presence of shameful homeless misery. It will be a more pleasant and healthy situation for everyone.

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