Find Your Cause: Our focus in June is on affordable housing — or rather, the lack of it
If I remember my Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs correctly, there aren't a lot of things more fundamental to human well-being than a roof over one's head and a safe and secure place to call home.
Increasingly, the price tag attached to that basic need is difficult for many in our community to manage — and that's if they can find a place at all.
When we launched Find Your Cause in March, one of the goals the News-Leader and United Way of the Ozarks shared was to zoom in on some of "upstream" issues contributing to "downstream" community challenges. The lack of safe and affordable housing is one of those classic root causes, and it's only been made worse by the pandemic and ensuing real estate crunch.
Although our housing problem is a growing one, there are a number of ways local organizations and volunteers are working to make things better (and plenty of ways for interested volunteers to lend a hand). Community essays this month suggest a couple of other avenues to explore — as for Morey Mechlin's lottery plan ... well, I won't spoil it.
Hopefully the stories this month spark some ideas and further discussion. If you like what you read or think of another story we should pursue, let us know with an email to email@example.com. And be sure to catch up on previous installments of Find Your Cause: In March we focused on literacy, April's theme was family violence and May featured a super-sized edition on mental health.
Amos Bridges is the News-Leader's editor-in-chief. He can be reached at 417-836-1170, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @AmosBridgesNL.