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How Can We End Homelessness in 20 Years?

If you live in a city, you have probably seen the array of tents or cardboard structures that snuggle under trees, down hidden alleys, or along road sides. If you were to look inside any of the temporary shelters, you would probably find a person living there with their family or friends. Although statistics claim there is a small reduction in the homeless population in recent years, if the number of structures that have popped up in the past five years is any indication, that is far from the truth. So, the question is, how can we end homelessness in 20 years?

Preventing the Problem

There is a homeless stigma that defines millions of Americans which was created to supposedly help those individuals. The problem is that a label is still a label, and it has been shown through numerous studies that negative labels are defining, destructive, and debilitating. By limiting a person to a category, he or she begins to see themselves limited by those categorical constrictions; thus, they are unable to see themselves moving beyond the problem.

Providing Multi-Housing

Getting people off the streets and into homes may be the first thing that comes to mind when discussing the homeless situation, but when you take a ‘street person’ off the street and put him or her into an average apartment, depression, loneliness, and suicide can result. EyalGutentag and his wife have a charity that strives to improve the housing problem, but it is difficult to know which direction to move when facing the homeless situation. The homeless develop family units as they move from camp to camp, and the members help to keep each other safe and fed. Housing solutions need to remember that an apartment per person doesn’t work for that mentality.

America has had homeless people for a long time, and the situation is not going to go away easily. Until there are funds to create necessary housing and society stops categorizing and labeling, you can expect to see the tents along the side of the road.

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HOW TO BECOME A HOME INSPECTOR

A home inspector has an important role to play in any residential real estate transaction. The job of a home inspector is to ensure that the house is up to code and in good repair before the deal is closed. It is a position of huge responsibility because the results of the inspection may alter the terms of the sale or halt the transaction altogether.

If you’re thinking about becoming a home inspector, here are some of the most important steps you will have to take. Often, though not always, one of the steps involves acquiring a home inspection license.

1. Brush Up on Your Construction Knowledge

Prior experience in construction is not required to become a home inspector, although it may be helpful. It is required, however, that you have a general knowledge of construction to enable you to accurately assess the integrity and safety of a home. Even if you have prior construction experience, as an inspector you will be assessing homes built in all different eras, from the Victorian to the contemporary, and it may be helpful to educate yourself in areas where you may have gaps in your knowledge.

2. Learn the Requirements

Find out what the minimum requirements are in the states where you want to work. Most states require home inspectors to be licensed, although a few do not. If your state does not require licensing but you’d still like to gain a home inspection credential, you can become certified instead.

3. Obtain a License/Certificate

If you know the steps involved in acquiring a real estate license, obtaining a home inspection license should feel familiar because the steps are very similar:

  • Go through a pre-licensing course
  • Pass the exam
  • Join a professional organization (optional)

As with a real estate license, there are different types of courses available, both online and in classroom settings, and there are fees involved to take both the pre-licensing course and the exam.

4. Decide Where and How You Want To Work

Once you’ve obtained your license, you can decide whether you want to start your own home inspection business, work for an existing firm, or purchase an inspection franchise. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, but once you’re licensed, you can choose your own path.

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CONSIDERATIONS FOR PURCHASING A GARAGE WORKBENCH

Workbenches for your garage range from utilitarian to the ultimate in masculine luxury. Among its most basic attributes, sturdiness and workspace are priorities, but what other options exist for the man who wants something more?

Storage Options

You need space to put everything and you need to be able to find things when you need them. However, top-of-the-line garage workbenches go beyond that and house everything in a way that is functional. Picture yourself working on your favorite project using your new workbench, then think about the following:

  • Where you’ll be placing tools you need for the project but are not using right away
  • How many small objects, like fasteners, you’ll need to store within arm’s reach
  • If you have large objects to maneuver as part of your work
  • If you have a need for a convenient power source

There are varying systems of drawers, cabinets, shelves and built-in power strips that are available to complete your workbench system, so be sure to scope out all your options and consider how it will work for your projects of choice. Whether you purchase a basic table and add to it or you go for one with all the bells and whistles, A garage workbench is a key to an organized, clutter-free garage.

Mobility

Moving a workbench around might not come to the top of your mind when considering a purchase, but you may desire the ability to move your bench to different areas of your garage or home, especially if you’re a weekend warrior who likes to remodel. Some benches come with wheels already on them, but you could also add casters to any existing workbench. Just check to be sure they are rated for the weight of the bench itself plus your heaviest potential project and the forces you exert on the bench while working.

Workbench Seating

Perhaps your craft of choice requires detailed work that is easier to sit for. You can still use your workbench to stabilize your project while in a seated position, provided you can find a stool or chair that will fit in front of your bench. Consider the height of the seat, whether arms would get in your way and how much padding you’ll need. If you’re sitting for longer periods of time while doing some woodworking, for example, a seat with more cushioning will probably be a better fit than a wooden stool.

The sky is almost the limit when you are shopping for a new workbench for your garage. You want something that will stand up to the abuse you’re going to give it, but you have many other options to create the exact system you desire so you can work efficiently and in comfort.