Making it better for homeless

I was reading www.reveries.com’s cool-news newsletter this morning and they had an interesting article about dealing with the plight of the homeless in the US.

Essentially they treated the homeless like a market segment and conducted research to determine what it is that homeless people want. It turns out that in most cases they are just looking for a room to live in. See the article for much more detailed information, stats, and how effective the program has been in some major American cities.

Homeless Consumers

Private Home Sales – Canada

The real-estate market here in BC has been booming over the last few years. With the Internet becoming a fixture in most Canadian households, the number of people selling there homes privately is on the rise too. It’s no surprise really, when you think that all someone needs to do now is snap a few pictures, write some copy and post a web page, as this guy from Wisconsin did:

Link to article

“This was a relatively simple thing to do.” said Adam Peters, home-owner and creator behind http://www.2039RockBottom.com. “It took me all day to snap some pictures, use a simple WYSIWYG web creation tool, register the site with godaddy.com and it was up. Pretty slick and simple if you know what you’re doing.”

There are also a number of professional marketing companies popping up for people who want to sell their homes privately. MyListing.com offers professionally designed lawn-signs, web-listings and more.

Complete For Sale By Owner Package information is available at MyListing.com.

Craigslist!

If you know me, you’ve probably heard me mention Craigslist before. If you want or need something just visit Craiglist to see if someone’s got it. If you don’t see anything that you’re looking for post a request in the “wanted” category and someone is likely to reply.

Essentially www.craigslist.org is a free online classified system that works like a charm. It’s got everything from jobs to furniture, zebra-prints to cars. Make sure you choose “Vancouver” (or wherever you’re from) when you first get there – it’s on the right – otherwise your searches won’t be particularly relevant.