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The results’ extensive gist is that cities specifically fail the sort of home that would address the problem although the Bay Area is not only failing to build housing that is enough.

Some highlights:

Institute researchers credit consultations with”35 professionals and professionals, including city and county officials, nonprofit suppliers, philanthropic leaders, health care professionals, advocates, and displaced people themselves” for informing their decisions.

Homelessness across the nine Bay Area counties is getting worse not just due to a dearth of development, but since nearly all counties neglect affordable housing whilst allowing NIMBY interests to frighten off possible alternatives.

“While voters are frustrated by the lack of places for the homeless to Proceed, many vocally oppose locating homeless shelters Within their neighborhoods”

The full report is available here.

These are some of the decisions that the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a think tank”focusing on economic and policy problems facing the Bay Area,” came into their report on the homeless catastrophe released Wednesday, titled Bay Area Homelessness: A Regional View of a Regional Crisis.
Issues that are homeless are covered by the report across all nine counties in hopes of providing solutions that are viable for many different associated communities.

  • The homeless crisis grows worse even as we invest more and longer to mend it“Between 2011 and 2017, the number of people experiencing homelessness from the Bay Area slowly grew. This trend occurred as its stock of homelessness support assets was growing, such as rapid re-housing programs and permanent supportive housing units. While jurisdictions are successful in transferring more homeless families and individuals into stable housing, a bigger number of people are experiencing homelessness for the first time.”
  • The burden does not fall evenly across all demographics:“The Bay Area’s homeless population is comprised of solitary, male minorities over the age of 25. The Bay Area’s displaced population can be mostly comprised of long-time inhabitants: 56 percent have lived in their county to get 10 or more years.”
  • Housing shortages are, naturally, a significant contributor to this emergency:“with all the joint shortage of deeply subsidized housing units and short term shelters and transitional units, the vast majority of the area’s displaced population extends unsheltered each night. This dynamic has forced Bay Area cities and counties to grapple with homelessness on dual fronts.”
  • To be effective, development should focus on the ideal type of housing:“Addressing homelessness during its earliest stages requires more effective diversion and prevention programs to maintain individuals and families in their houses. An expanded housing supply available to exceptionally low-income families can be accomplished through incentives targeted to units reserved for households earning between zero and 30 percent of area median income”
  • Cities are building more but neglecting affordable housing:“While the region permitted 99 percent of its own market-rate units recommended by its own 2007-2014 Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) goals –the procedure by which the state allocates future home needs to regions–it only permitted 29 percent of the very-low-income units for households earning less than 50% of area median income.”
An apparently homeless man sits in front of a cyclone fence, with Muni buses behind it.
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  • NIMBYism is in full effect:“While Republicans and public officials are frustrated by the shortage of places for the displaced to proceed, lots of vocally oppose locating homeless shelters in their own neighborhoods. In March 2018, residents in San Francisco’s wealthy Forest Hill area blocked an affordable-housing project that could have comprised permanent supportive housing units for the homeless. A San Jose plan to shield up to 80 displaced people in three’tiny home’ villages took over a year to maneuver into the face of neighborhood resistance”
  • Homelessness is regional, but options are inclined to be city-bound:“Until very recently, homelessness was believed the problem of cities and counties. For a metropolitan region such as the Bay Area, that is split into two counties and 101 cities, this approach fails to fulfill the requirements of an intraregionally mobile displaced population”
  • To deal with the breadth of the issue, the state should be more involved:“The state could play an active part in homelessness solutions by consolidating its efforts into a State Homeless Services Agency that could offer flexible funding for housing construction and solutions.” Now California promotes relief through seven distinct state outlets with financing resources that are different.