California Homelessness: New Policies to Address an Intractable Problem | Policy Briefs

Homelessness in California continues to worsen despite more money being spent on the problem each year, because state policies have misdiagnosed the issue. California needs to recognize the role that mental disabilities and substance abuse play in causing homelessness. That means shifting from the “housing first” policy to providing earned housing and treatment.

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Listen to “California Homelessness: New Policies to Address an Intractable Problem,” with Lee Ohanian, Kevin Kiley, and Michael Shellenberger. Available here:

Read “Roofs or Ceilings? The Current Housing Problem,” by Milton Friedman and George Stigler via the Foundation for Economic Education (1946). Available here:

Watch “A New Way to Help the Homeless,” on PolicyEd. Available here:

Read “Despite Spending $1.1 Billion, San Francisco Sees Its Homelessness Problems Spiral out of Control,” by Lee Ohanian. Available here:

Read “California Homelessness: Billions Are Spent Every Year, and the Problem Just Gets Worse,” by Lee Ohanian. Available here:

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