My Turn: What The Next Governor Should Do About The Housing Crisis

By | Sep 26, 2018

Sixteen years ago, I was on a state Homeless Summit panel hosted by California’s then-Gov. Gray Davis in Sacramento. I and other advocates were optimistic that the state’s homelessness crisis could be resolved because of a $2.1 billion bond, Proposition 46, would provide new housing for people struggling with homelessness. Voters approved the bond overwhelmingly.

Fast forward to today. California has the highest homeless count in the nation, 134,000 people, an increase of 14 percent from 2016 to 2017. There are homeless encampments across California and there seems to be little hope of solving the crisis quickly…

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Why Don’t We Create Sheltered Neighborhoods?

By | Jul 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Why Don’t We Create Sheltered Neighborhoods?

For more than two decades, I have led a homeless services and housing development agency that was started here in Los Angeles. I have seen dozens of plans, initiatives, policies, ordinances and lawsuits designed to address homelessness. And yet, our communities continue to be inundated with people living on our streets. Ironically, nearly every stakeholder […]

Building More Housing: NIMBY Should Be PMBY

By | Jun 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Building More Housing: NIMBY Should Be PMBY

The major issue today is finding neighborhoods that will allow us to set up shelters, services, or permanent housing in their backyards.

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