Ben Odunzeh proffers solutions to end homelessness in the next decade
THE daunting task of surmounting homelessness in Nigeria can be achieved as early as the next decade Mr Ben Uche Odunzeh, Chairman of EUC Homes Limited has posited.
Odunzeh’s EUC Homes Limited, a real estate company located in Lagos and recipient of the City people magazine award of ‘Most Promising Real Estate Company of the Year Award – 2017’ are already thinking outside the box to help in finding a lasting solution to one of the biggest problems plaguing Nigeria.
To kick-start this vision, the EUC Homes Ltd boss revealed that he has started the EUC Homes Foundation; a foundation that will come up with guides, publicize successful strategies that will inspire a sustained and strategic philanthropic response to homelessness, hunger, and illiteracy.
Since the 1980s when homelessness first burst into this nation’s consciousness, a lot has been learnt about what works and what does not.
In this light, Mr Odunzeh stated that practical expert solutions will be provided among other things to help in achieving the bigger aim of ending the three-faced monster of homelessness, hunger, and illiteracy.
He said: “It will execute recommendations from foundation staff and experts on what philanthropy can do to help end homelessness, and provide concrete examples of involvement by foundations of all sizes in this issue.
“It would also highlight renewed energy and plans that are fuelling a growing consensus that homelessness can be ended in the next decade.
Mr Odunzeh noted that many foundations have launched important initiatives tailored to specific homeless populations and their urgent needs.
He commended other philanthropic colleagues who are engaged in this work and encourage others to consider homelessness as a part of their grant-making.
“Local and national efforts to end homelessness offer opportunities for any foundation involved in human services to make a difference.
“We now know how to prevent and end homelessness and have an unprecedented opportunity for decisive action; we hope you will join us,” he concluded.
While philanthropic involvement in redressing homelessness has remained flat in times past, many are keen to see the real solutions that would be deplored by the EUC Foundation.