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Blame slow-growth policies for housing and homeless crises

By Wayne Winegarden and Steven Greenhut The roots of California’s housing problems aren’t hard to trace given the reams of house-price and population data going back decades. The Los Angeles Times reported the median price of a California home in 1970 was only 5 percent higher than the national average ...
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Despite big budgets, homeless agency is clueless in Seattle

Despite big budgets, homeless agency is clueless in Seattle By Jeremy Lott | February 8, 2024 An optimistic headline topped the joint news release from Washington state’s most-populous city and its most-populous county in December 2019 heralding the formation of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority. This effort would create a “new unified regional ...
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Read the latest on Project Homekey

Latest figures show what we’ve known all along: Project Homekey is a waste of taxpayer dollars

Recently, the Bay Area media wondered if $800 million in aid from California’s Homekey program would help reduce homelessness in the region. Not to diminish the work that was put into the analysis, but some of us have known for quite a while that Project Homekey was not the answer. ...
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New Free Cities Book

Reforms to Increase Affordability, Homebuilding Would Go Far to Alleviate State’s Housing, Homeless Crises

SACRAMENTO – Rolling back policies that have created unaffordable costs of living and made homebuilding prohibitively expensive can alleviate the state’s housing and homeless problems, finds a new book released today by the Free Cities Center at the nonpartisan, free-market think tank, the Pacific Research Institute. Click here to download ...
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Learn how homelessness is now hurting California pro teams

How Homelessness, Taxes Impacted Deal for Baseball’s Top Free Agent

In fact, San Francisco’s status these days as a not very desirable place to live, work, or play also played a major factor in the deal. Giants legend and future hall of famer Buster Posey, who is now a member of the team’s executive board and was involved in the ...
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Reason for hope or despair? Part 1

PART ONE Reason for hope or despair? Lessons from the battle over Spokane’s ‘Camp Hope’ homeless encampment Jeremy Lott | December 11, 2023 Camp Hope was, for a time, the largest homeless encampment in the state of Washington, but it was much more than that as well. The encampment regularly ...
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Read about latest state homeless spending

Newsom Homeless Encampment Plan an Overly Costly Solution at Best

More likely, the $300 million that the Governor wants to spend will barely make a dent in the state’s worst in the country homeless problem. The reason: this $300 million is still adhering to the costly yet ineffective Housing First approach. According to the Notice of Funding Availability, which defines how ...
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With motivation, even California can clean up its cities

Why can’t it be like this all the time? The efforts were criticized because so much of San Francisco has fallen into a state of disrepair, with pervasive homelessness, drug abuse, petty crime and even human feces (so much so that a map was created to document the location of poop) ...
California

Wayne Winegarden featured in Cap Public Radio story on Newsom homeless funds

Sacramento region eyes new round of homeless encampment funds by Chris Nichols Sacramento officials say they’ll consider applying for some of the $300 million in homeless encampment funds made available this week by Governor Gavin Newsom. But the program by itself won’t pay cities and counties to remove the vast ...
Free Cities

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Watch: Tour Sacramento’s New “Safe Stay Communities” to Help the Homeless

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Read latest from Free Cities Center

Blame slow-growth policies for housing and homeless crises

By Wayne Winegarden and Steven Greenhut The roots of California’s housing problems aren’t hard to trace given the reams of house-price and population data going back decades. The Los Angeles Times reported the median price of a California home in 1970 was only 5 percent higher than the national average ...
Blog

Despite big budgets, homeless agency is clueless in Seattle

Despite big budgets, homeless agency is clueless in Seattle By Jeremy Lott | February 8, 2024 An optimistic headline topped the joint news release from Washington state’s most-populous city and its most-populous county in December 2019 heralding the formation of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority. This effort would create a “new unified regional ...
California

Read the latest on Project Homekey

Latest figures show what we’ve known all along: Project Homekey is a waste of taxpayer dollars

Recently, the Bay Area media wondered if $800 million in aid from California’s Homekey program would help reduce homelessness in the region. Not to diminish the work that was put into the analysis, but some of us have known for quite a while that Project Homekey was not the answer. ...
Book

New Free Cities Book

Reforms to Increase Affordability, Homebuilding Would Go Far to Alleviate State’s Housing, Homeless Crises

SACRAMENTO – Rolling back policies that have created unaffordable costs of living and made homebuilding prohibitively expensive can alleviate the state’s housing and homeless problems, finds a new book released today by the Free Cities Center at the nonpartisan, free-market think tank, the Pacific Research Institute. Click here to download ...
Blog

Learn how homelessness is now hurting California pro teams

How Homelessness, Taxes Impacted Deal for Baseball’s Top Free Agent

In fact, San Francisco’s status these days as a not very desirable place to live, work, or play also played a major factor in the deal. Giants legend and future hall of famer Buster Posey, who is now a member of the team’s executive board and was involved in the ...
Blog

Reason for hope or despair? Part 1

PART ONE Reason for hope or despair? Lessons from the battle over Spokane’s ‘Camp Hope’ homeless encampment Jeremy Lott | December 11, 2023 Camp Hope was, for a time, the largest homeless encampment in the state of Washington, but it was much more than that as well. The encampment regularly ...
Blog

Read about latest state homeless spending

Newsom Homeless Encampment Plan an Overly Costly Solution at Best

More likely, the $300 million that the Governor wants to spend will barely make a dent in the state’s worst in the country homeless problem. The reason: this $300 million is still adhering to the costly yet ineffective Housing First approach. According to the Notice of Funding Availability, which defines how ...
Blog

Read latest from Free Cities Center

With motivation, even California can clean up its cities

Why can’t it be like this all the time? The efforts were criticized because so much of San Francisco has fallen into a state of disrepair, with pervasive homelessness, drug abuse, petty crime and even human feces (so much so that a map was created to document the location of poop) ...
California

Wayne Winegarden featured in Cap Public Radio story on Newsom homeless funds

Sacramento region eyes new round of homeless encampment funds by Chris Nichols Sacramento officials say they’ll consider applying for some of the $300 million in homeless encampment funds made available this week by Governor Gavin Newsom. But the program by itself won’t pay cities and counties to remove the vast ...
Free Cities

Watch latest video from PRI's Free Cities Center

Watch: Tour Sacramento’s New “Safe Stay Communities” to Help the Homeless

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