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The status issues of our society the problem of homelessness in berkeley

First, and most importantly, Mr.

Homelessness in the Bay Area

Krumme demonstrates little understanding of the personal and social determinates of homelessness in the United States. For the past 20 years, every bit of academic, scientifically rigorous literature on the subject demonstrates that the single most robust predictor of homelessness is the housing market. Cities and counties with high rents and low vacancy rates have higher rates of homelessness. Personal issues, like the drug addiction and criminal behaviors Mr.

  1. Show our support for more housing development in our neighborhoods by writing our elected officials, showing up at hearings and voting.
  2. However, we can prevent it whenever possible and, when it does occur, we can make it rare, brief and nonrecurring.
  3. While many believe that the PIT systematically undercounts homeless population by as much as 25 percent due to the difficulty of identifying those who are unsheltered , these counts are our most reliable estimate of the homeless population across the country and provide useful information on trends. Rather, her visit was purely to gather information.
  4. It was opened in December and has been praised as a more realistic city-led response to the homelessness crisis.
  5. In these conditions, disabled people and the working poor cannot compete for limited housing with affluent, well-educated, white-collar workers. Deploy deep interventions for the chronically homeless and disabled.

Homelessness is a condition entirely predicated by the lack of affordable, available housing. The Bay Area, and Berkeley in particular, is experiencing a homelessness crisis precisely because we are experiencing a housing affordability crisis. In these conditions, disabled people and the working poor cannot compete for limited housing with affluent, well-educated, white-collar workers.

Opinion: The truth about Berkeley’s homeless policy

Because they cannot afford a roof over their heads, many become homeless and get stuck there. Many lost their jobs and were not able to keep their housing, and now their credit is ruined. A woman with two children in the family shelter has been recently diagnosed with MS and could no longer work with her symptoms; she has no family to fall back on.

These are the stories Mr. Krumme would hear if he talked to the Berkeleyans in our shelters and on our streets. Such marginalized populations would have no place in the oppressive Victorian society about which Mr.


Government is the only entity with the size and scope to address such macro-economic conditions. Unfortunately, however, federal supports for homelessness and affordable housing have been shrinking for nearly 40 years. The HUD budget for affordable housing today is a mere fraction of what it was in 1980.

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Krumme cites Milwaukee as an example of a community where private charity has ostensibly ameliorated homelessness. This is simply not the case in the exorbitantly expensive Bay Area. Berkeley would be fortunate to be in such an enviable state. City Council is working to establish landlord incentives for people of extremely low income and affordable housing options.

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Our biggest job is in educating the public so the stigma and assumptions of homelessness are debunked. By renting a room or an au-pair space at low rent to someone who, by happenstance, find themselves without housing, or by supporting our community-based organizations, we could do so much more.