Roberts: When your rent increases so does homelessness

By | Feb 12, 2019

When I sat in my high school economics class, years ago, I struggled with conflicting numbers, lofty principles, and difficult equations. How would macro or micro economics impact a teenager who was more worried about sports and weekend activities?

But one high school economics principle stuck with me to this day — the law of supply and demand. If the supply of a product is high and the consumer demand is low, the price goes down. The opposite is also true. If the supply is low, and demand is high, the price skyrockets.

In the past decade, this simple high school lesson has crash landed within the city borders of San Jose. Once a Spanish settlement, the city has become the epicenter of the world’s tech industry, and unfortunately, is also home to the least affordable housing community in America…

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

By | Sep 26, 2018 | Comments Off on My Turn: What The Next Governor Should Do About The Housing Crisis

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 […]

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 […]

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Jim D’Aquilia/Momenta Workshops 2016.