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Initiative to End Homelessness in America: Collective Humanitarian PROJECT 5D

"The Collective Humanitarian Project 5D plans to unify communities across America with a bold vision of ending homelessness, pioneering promising approaches, revitalizing hope across the nation, coordinating diverse multi-sector coalitions to scale the most transformative, equitable solutions for humanity, because We are One." - Carli B. Frueh

Image credit: Carli Frueh/EOTM Media/Collective Humanitarians

During my travels over the past year and a half, I’ve explored four key states: Nevada, Washington State, Texas and California. What I have discovered is an unprecedented amount of homelessness overwhelming communities in every sector. No area is immune. Displaced families in these once thriving metroplexes pervade mindscapes and cannot be drowned out because they are everywhere.


What you need to know is, there are an exuberant number of vacant and abandoned homes, lots and buildings sitting empty, when they could be utilized by our fellow Americans that need them the most. There are hundreds of thousands of families living in makeshift homeless encampments in city streets, and across the United States and Canada. All the while, city and state elected officials continuously pass laws and bylaws to tear down these encampments because they are unsightly and a nuisance to look at. The residents in these areas are prompted to report any and all makeshift camps and unsightly people so they can be removed and trashed into the city landfills, which they do proudly, despite it being inhumane in nature.

So again, I ask what about all the vacant lots and buildings? Why won't we allow responsible homeless individuals to reclaim these abandoned properties bought by big corporations, when the majority have been sitting vacant for years? It's the right thing to do.

After researching the surplus of homes lying dormant, some over 2 decades, the picture eventually paints itself. The system doesn’t truly care about its citizens and their innate human rights.

Transit companies such as Dart, Caltrans, San Francisco MTA and others have purchased and held on to homes, buildings and empty lots for years, due to expansion projects that never happened. Blocks from skid row in Los Angeles, dozens of homes sit vacant: cozy bungalows, mansions and apartment buildings, many of them boarded up and left to decay, while meters away, homeless people in broken down cars and RV's brace for the winter cold.

With so many unhoused people across the country desperate for shelter, the homes have become a potent symbol of America's inability to solve a housing crisis that has ballooned to embarrassing levels. Despite widespread acknowledgment of the problem there has been no adequate solution to combat homelessness and the mental illness that sometimes befall the unhoused. Middle-income people have been forced out of the housing market and the poorest are pouring into open-air encampments and homeless shelters.

Governor Newson in California has unveiled aggressive measures in hopes of increasing the supply of homes by 2030, to supposedly combat homelessness, but this is not the issue! There are plenty of homes to go around for everyone. Our problem is the bureaucratic hurdles and community opposition that remain formidable obstacles — and as the empty homes demonstrate, government itself can sometimes stand in the way.

So, what can we do to help our fellow man in need? What will you do for humanity?

As for me, I am excited to announce a new humanitarian project that will launch early 2024 whereas, “We the People,” will be reclaiming properties through Adverse Possession, a legal form of gaining property titles due to abandonment. We are also excited to report that Federal Courts in California, Texas and Washington State, amongst others have ruled that homeless people have property rights. With this new initiative, individuals directly impacted by homelessness will have the support they need to create a better tomorrow for themselves and or their families. There is still a long road ahead of us. We will need volunteers; handymen, construction workers, electricians, landscapers, canvassers, community leaders, property management and development companies, painters, flooring companies, entrepreneurs, financial advisors, counselors, doctors and nurses, etc. We need the full support of communities around the world for our efforts to be impactful and a success.

Eradicating homelessness is a humanitarian issue, and Collective Humanitarian Project 5D will pave the way, ultimately reimagining a better, fairer landscape for those experiencing homelessness in America and around our world.

If you are interested in partnering with us or would like to join our waiting list for housing, please contact Carli Frueh directly on X @ CarliFrueh or email

The project will be based out of Dallas, Texas but soon after we will open locations in Washington State and California, scaling up from there.

Stay tuned.

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