Category: Homeless

New York City’s self-reinforcing homelessness ecosystem: Part 3, 63% homeless before

23 October, 2013 (09:00) | Cities, Ecosystem, Homeless, Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, Incentives, Markets, New York City, NIMBY, resident services, Slums, Subsidy, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Thus far, using a story from WNYC (August 12, 2013), we’ve seen that New York’s ecosystem for addressing homeless simply increases the problem (attracting the homeless and quasi-homeless from all around), exacerbates exploitation (by rewarding landlords who become homeless slumlords), contributes […]

New York City’s self-reinforcing homelessness ecosystem: Part 2, more than $1 billion annually

22 October, 2013 (09:28) | Cities, Ecosystem, Homeless, Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, Incentives, Markets, New York City, NIMBY, resident services, Slums, Subsidy, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post on the self-reinforcing failure of New York City’s ecosystem of anti-homelessness mandates, resources, programs and people, using this story from WNYC (August 12, 2013), demonstrated that a judicial mandate has forced New York City to do something, and the laws of political economy […]

New York City’s self-reinforcing homelessness ecosystem: Part 1, 73% increase in family homelessness

21 October, 2013 (12:38) | Cities, Ecosystem, Homeless, Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, Incentives, Markets, New York City, NIMBY, resident services, Slums, Subsidy, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   When housing becomes an entitlement, no matter how noble the intentions, the results are destined to be perversely self-reinforcing, as revealed (with some reordering for logic) by this story from WNYC (August 12, 2013):   The cost of a perverse ecosystem: a homeless boy sits in the lobby at 60 Clarkson […]

Halfway out or halfway in?

15 February, 2013 (12:01) | Amsterdam, Apartments, Cities, Global news, Homeless, Innovations, Prisons, Rental, Speculation |

By:David A. Smith   Though Guardian (December 4, 2012) features reporter Patrick Barkham‘s personal disdain for Amsterdam’s new halfway housing so distorts his reporting that he labors mightily to adduce or manipulate the evidence, even the facts he cites refute his prejudices, which makes for interesting reading:   Amsterdam’s anti-social tenants will be housed in […]

Month in Review, November, 2012: Part 2, Here at home

11 January, 2013 (10:00) | Argentina, Camden, China, Euro, Foreclosure, Global news, Haiti, Homeless, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Non-Profits, NYCHA, Paris, Public housing, Spain, US News |

[Previous Month in Reviews available here: Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, affordable housing and urban troubles abound globally, but we need look no further than our front stoop to find […]