Land for the Homeless is a New Jersey based 501(c)3 public charity, founded at the start of 2015 by Kyler Dineen, which is working to construct a supportive tiny home community on a plot of land it owns in Central NJ for the homeless to be able to live upon legally and in peace, without fear of unwarranted eviction or harassment. The project comes in response to the governmental closure and destruction of the Lakewood Tent City. With shelter overcrowding continuing to be a serious issue across New Jersey and America as a whole, this project aims to create a low-cost solution to a very serious local problem with room for national expansion potential. The philosophy behind the project is that “anything is better than a park bench” and that the homeless problem will not be solved by simply trying to brush away those who are unsheltered but rather can be alleviated through the establishment of a well maintained and uplifting transitional environment for those affected to seek refuge and work toward bettering their situation.
Since its inception, Land for the Homeless has also expanded its programming to include working with community organizations that are willing to host the homeless on their property and providing requested supplies to those presently unsheltered. It is presently working on the development of a mobile application called “Homeless Tracker” to enable citizens to report homeless sightings to social service agencies poised to offer assistance, a cookbook called “Homeless Cooking” full of affordable and nutritious recipes that one could make if they were living without shelter, and a regular podcast/talk show called “Homeless Talk” that will highlight the ongoing homeless crisis across the US and beyond.
The full vision for the project is detailed in the organization’s nonprofit plan which can be found here:
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