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– Homelessness and housing was a clear narrative throughout the whole issue of the LA Times this past Sunday
– Article on heat deaths of unhoused people: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-02-19/la-me-homeless-heat-deaths
– Other short-term solutions like cooling centers
– 5 in 12 heat deaths are homeless people
– Impact of climate change on homeless people
– Heat is leading cause of weather-related deaths
– Fluctuations in the housing market, problems for home buyers, not making things better on net
– Extreme variability in prices, games home sellers played during a better market
– Sellers starting to accept FHA and down payment assistance
– Having houses for ownership rather than rental is far more protective against homelessness and protecting wealth for the working class long-term
– Article on large-scale housing development, builder’s remedy, and zoning/NIMBY issues: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2023-02-19/california-housing-developers-los-angeles
– Zoning laws advocated by NIMBYs preventing housing from being built is the main cause of the shortage and lack of affordable housing per authors
– Are large-scale developments by big, for-profit companies really the answer?
– LA Times editorial authors, Edward Glaeser and Atta Tarki, call for large-scale development firms to lead, but we need to think about economic equity
– Versus small scale development with accessory dwelling units (ADUs) with fewer than 1 in 5 applications approved in LA
– We don’t want a situation like Invitation Homes, which used to be Blackstone, just building for rental homes only
– Homelessness and housing issues occur on a continuum – starts with a smaller issue, then you wind up in your car or on the street
– Landlords arbitrarily raising rent, bragging about it
– You can even die of heatstroke living in your car
– Capitalists’ development efforts can help the rent-squeezed upper middle class, but those who’ve fallen off the ladder need specific help and collective action
– Huntington Beach mayor says CA is losing population, 120,000 people lost, hence no new housing is needed
– There are kids of locals with good jobs priced out of housing market with 60% going to housing even if they have a higher-paying job, so they have to leave out of state after living in town their whole life. See Times OC letter to editor about Huntington Beach.
– The lack of housing is literally killing people. But how do we solve it?
– Regulation is what helps to make housing development a meaningful, possibly equitable solution
– These people who live on the streets often have jobs and work in the communities rejecting them from having housing
– The mechanics of buying a new construction home, including cross-qualification for mortgages or “mandatory” use of developer’s lender, agent issues, etc.
– Policy could ensure new housing is on the market for the public and specifically available to FHA, VA, and down payment assistance buyers, working-class people who stand to benefit the most from buying a house
– Homeownership creates generational strong protection from homelessness
– Builder’s Remedy in Manhattan Beach
– Affordable housing set-asides are great, but come with interesting caveats, like a minimum income
– More housing in richer neighborhoods would reduce inequality
– “A child who grew up in a low-income household in Los Angeles’ affluent Brentwood neighborhood earns on average nearly four times more at age 35 than someone who grew up in lower-income central L.A.” – Census Opportunity Atlas, LA Times
– Tell this argument to NIMBYs upset with the homeless: A nice public housing building looks way better than homeless in the streets
– The NIMBY attitude, not just the zoning policy, is killing people
– Homeless people are kicked out of places where they can get air conditioning and bathroom access, like coffee shops and fast food restaurants
– It’s all about who looks like they will spend money and Karens complaining
– Lack of third spaces that are not shopping and dining
– Homeless people create community just like you and I
– Letter from Flathead County, Montana Board of Commissioners upset with “networked community” of homeless people: https://www.reddit.com/r/lostgeneration/comments/10kofvr/homelessness_insight_from_kalispell_montana/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf
– Structural inequality created by capitalism feels inescapable but the correct use of government power can help
– The future: non-profit, cooperative, mutual aid-style groups, and collective housing ownership powered with government funds
– Homeless communities’ resourcefulness shows they can reach self-sufficiency and self-governance with the right support
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