Category: Housing choice vouchers

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 […]