Tag Archives: housing

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 […]

An Ambidextrous Approach to Ending Homelessness

While some of us can tune political divisiveness out by turning off our televisions and radios there are others who are the real victims of this discord; the homeless. The left/right divide halts action and in this instance, has the unfortunate outcome of people continuing to sleep on our streets. Just this past week Housing […]

Los Angeles Homeless Numbers: Making It Count

Could it be that the tide of homelessness in Southern California has peaked? Leaders and advocates are cautiously optimistic.

Ending Homelessness: The Wait is Killing Them

But it’s the slow pace of addressing homelessness in our country that is literally killing people who are dying on our streets. We should all feel the sense of urgency to fund solutions and end homelessness every single day, until it’s no longer an issue.

Do We Really Need a Homelessness Awareness Week?

We are afraid to admit that the crisis of homelessness is our fault, even though the solution to homelessness is simple: provide housing for everyone.

Does Declaring a Homeless Crisis Mean Calling in the Cavalry?

But calling in the Cavalry to address homelessness simply does not work. Being homeless is not a crime. Any action that might criminalize a person’s state of homelessness simply attracts a civil lawsuit that essentially shuts down a community’s ability to actually help those who need housing, and prevents a community from dealing with those on the streets who are actually breaking real laws.

Is Eliminating Homeless Shelters a War Against Compassion?

Give a person a real home – a studio apartment would suffice – with regular supportive services, and you have ended homelessness, at least for that one person. Clearly, an apartment is way better than a shelter bed.

Homeless Facilities: A Magnet Effect?

To date, we have never had a proposed building turned down. However, the bruises from past community battles still hurt. The misconceptions, the attacks, and the miseducation start as soon as a community gets word that a “homeless program wants to move in.”

Should Landowners Pay For Homeless Housing?

Cities throughout California are seeing more tents on the sidewalk, sleeping bags in their parks, and bodies of sleeping people sprawled inside of business vestibules. They are clear signs that visible homelessness is increasing at an alarming rate.

Homeless College Students: Free Tuition? How About Free Housing?

The cost of higher tuition in America’s higher learning institutions is actually causing a more dramatic consequence on many of our country’s college students… more and more university students are going to bed hungry or are actually homeless.