America's Homeless Epidemic: Causes And Solutions - with Don Burnes and Randy Shaw

In episode 9 of the Market Urbanism Podcast, we discuss the causes and solutions for America's homeless epidemic. In segment 1 we speak with Randy Shaw, executive director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, and author of the book "Generation Priced Out." In segment 2, we talk with Donald Burnes, founder of the Burnes Center at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.

0:49 Scott Beyer starts his editorial

2:34 Martha Ekdahl explains the role that climate and service provision have in attracting the homeless

3:41 Sergio Rodrigues and Antonio Grana talks about the dual nature of the homeless problem: the mentally ill &the working class

8:23 start of interview with Randy Shaw

12:01 Beyer asks Shaw why San Francisco's Tenderloin is so poorly-policed. His answer:

It happens because the police allow it. Mayor Lee would direct the police to take aggressive action and they just wouldn't do it. It's the one part of San Francisco government that becomes completely unaccountable to elected officials. Now mayor Breed has already made it clear that she wants the police to have beat cops in the Tenderloin, and they haven't implemented it...They get away with it because we don't have the groups of affluent homeowners or powerful businesses to force the police to do their jobs.

15:00 Grana asks whether or not the Tenderloin should be gentrified

18:52 Rodrigues asks where San Francisco's homeless come from.

20:17 Ekdahl asks Shaw how he found common ground with the Yimby movement

22:15 Shaw talks about his new book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America

24:45 start of interview with Don Burns. He begins by saying that 3 metros are responsible for the overall rise in U.S. homelessness: New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco

27:32 Beyer asks if anti-housing regulations contribute to the rise of homelessness in those metros

31:24 Burns talks about the conventional stereotypes of the homeless versus who is actually homeless

The problem is for most people, the only folks they see are folks who are standing on street corners [and] at traffic lights holding up signs panhandling...They represent only 15-20% of the population. The rest of the population: moms with kids, older teenage youth, some veterans, some people who are so mentally ill they're afraid to be seen. They represent 80-85% of the population. But they're invisible.

33:56 Beyer asks Burns what programs would best address the problem

38:58 hosts respond to the interviews