Affordable Housing

Airbnb Is Making The Hawaiian Housing Crisis Worse

Airbnbs are often a great lodging option for vacationers, as they give the feeling of being a local and are usually cheaper than traditional hotels. While these short-term rentals are appealing to many, they significantly contribute to the U.S. Housing crisis. Airbnbs have played such a prominent role in this crisis that their impact was recently dubbed the “Airbnb effect.” In Hawai’i, laws had to be put in place to reduce the damage done by these popular vacation accommodations.

America’s Affordable Housing Issue

The solution to the U.S. housing crisis may seem evident at a surface level: just build more affordable housing. This solution, however, is not as simple as it seems. The United States is not experiencing a housing shortage; many Americans lack the income to afford what’s currently on the market, giving the illusion that the nation is lacking housing. So, how can we ensure homes for all if the issue does not lie in home quantity.?

San Francisco Has One Of The Highest Populations Of Those Experiencing Homelessness And It Just Keeps Rising

The total count of those experiencing homelessness in San Francisco this year was 7,754. Of those individuals, only 3,357 of those were staying in a shelter. The amount of those experiencing homelessness in San Francisco has almost doubled within a 15 year period. As a nation, however, the population of those suffering from homelessness has decreased, so what is San Francisco doing wrong?

How Rising Housing Costs is Making it More Difficult for Those Experiencing Homelessness to Receive Transitional Housing

If Los Angeles were to place their whole population of those experiencing homelessness in transitional housing, the cost would be around $2.8 billion a year. Throughout the state, that cost would exceed $6 billion. The boost in rent prices across California is making it even tougher for those suffering from homelessness to find affordable housing. From housing prices to government requirements and added labor costs, programs that are attempting to construct transitional housing are having a difficult time getting the necessary funding.

What Exactly is Affordable Housing?

When discussing homelessness, the term affordable housing often always appears. We often hear that the lack of affordable housing is the root cause of homelessness, and that we need more affordable housing as the solution. But what exactly is affordable housing, and how will it help those experiencing homelessness?

The Intersection of Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking Amongst Those Suffering Homelessness

The victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking are often those who are already vulnerable such as; those suffering from homelessness, poverty, addiction, or mental illness. Traffickers and abusers often seek out those who are homeless and prey on their lack of housing, offering a place to stay in exchange for sexual favors. The lack of housing often opens up an unfortunate cycle for survivors; they will escape their abusers only to be left financially destitute and vulnerable to re-exploitation.

A Look At President Biden’s $213 billion Affordable Housing Plan

The United States is currently in a housing deficit of 1.5 million homes because there is a lack of available, affordable homes; what’s more, the price of homes is currently on track to continue to increase. President Biden’s $213 billion Affordable Housing Plan focuses on addressing the cost of building housing units, guaranteeing the housing units stay affordable, and financing the production costs of building housing units. Many experts have praised President Biden’s housing plan as a significant step in fixing the current housing deficit.

The ‘Troubling’ Economic Trend And Its Effect On Homelessness

As an issue itself, homelessness has been analyzed and studied for decades to find its end. The topic has been closely studied alongside other trends such as mental health, substance abuse, and, most notably, poverty. However, recent studies have shifted their focus onto more prominent exogenous factors, such as the economy and the distribution of resources.

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