Facilitate public-private partnerships to create permanent, not transitional, housing for the homeless by funding new construction and rehabilitating housing stock to include low-income housing specifically for the homeless.
Education and Outreach
Generations of people raised in vulnerable living conditions need education and awareness of how home ownership improves personal wealth and how home values appreciate.
Create new finance streams through mortgage refinances and other real estate transactions to help finance low-income developments. Ease local regulations for home building in an effort to stimulate construction and increase overall housing stock. Ease zoning laws and development fees to encourage home building in addition to commercial projects. Make the path to ownership simpler by reducing loan qualification requirements.
Create live-work-play communities by encouraging and co-locating middle income jobs and affordable housing to promote demographic and experience diversity.
Macro Land Use Planning Best Practices
Infrastructure, including roads, mass transportation, utility service availability, industry location incentives, and other issues related to master community planning could transform California’s housing challenges.
Un-housed people experience higher rates of hospitalizations for physical and mental illness and substance abuse than other populations. Mental illness can also lead to homelessness, which leads to community disenfranchisement. Solutions for homelessness must begin at the local level.
Expand and create new mental institutions that include substance abuse and psychiatric services. Once stabilized, homeless individuals should automatically be provided with permanent housing.