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Rising homelessness: Result from bad policy?

Roger Showley, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Friday, April 28, 2017

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Housing construction isn't keeping up with demand and homelessness is rising.Housing construction isn't keeping up with demand and homelessness is rising. This file photo shows a construction worker installing a rooftop on to a new home being built in Fairfax, Va. (PAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP/Getty Images)

 

Kelly Cunningham, National University System - YES: Among myriad reasons for homelessness, governmental housing policies are complicit. Homelessness declined nationally this decade, but in cities like San Diego it spiked as rents surge ahead of incomes. Lack of affordable housing and growing problems with opioid addiction fuel the problem in many cities experts say. Chronically homeless individuals cost taxpayers and donors the most for shelters, jails and emergency rooms. Evidence show policies cutting jail populations and reducing drug sentences also adds to homelessness.