Category: Supportive housing

Evicting the victim: Part 2, “I was afraid I’d lose my house, my job, and my daughter”

6 September, 2013 (09:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Constitution, Domestic violence, Enforcement, Eviction, Families, Gender dynamics, Informality, Landlords, Law, Nuisance ordinance, Regulation, Rental, SROs, Supportive housing, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, taking off from an article in the New York Times (August 17, 2013), demonstrated the real-world consequences of an abstract-legal-principle law that simplifies a lawmaker’s job by deciding that if there’s “too many” disturbances at someone’s apartment, then either the tenant or the […]

Evicting the victim: Part 1, “If I called the police, I’d be evicted”

5 September, 2013 (09:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Constitution, Domestic violence, Enforcement, Eviction, Families, Gender dynamics, Informality, Landlords, Law, Nuisance ordinance, Regulation, Rental, SROs, Supportive housing, US News |

By:David A. Smith   In the realm of law, boundaries are neatly drawn and readily discernible.  Landlords rent to families, and violence in an apartment must of necessity be someone’s fault – either the family’s or the landlord’s.  So broken-windows theory laws like this one, reported in the New York Times (August 17, 2013), appear […]

Tolerated invisibility

16 November, 2012 (10:35) | Government, Homelessness, Housing, Innovations, Local issues, Paris, Regulation, Rooming Houses, Supportive housing |

By:David A. Smith   Homelessness is a failure; on that everyone can agree.  But whose is the failure, and whose the responsibility to address it?  The question lies, unasked, underneath a surprisingly snippy Economist article:   Jean, a 31-year-old homeless man at Canal Saint-Martin, Paris   Down and out in Paris   The inventor of […]

Change first or help first?

18 July, 2012 (09:31) | Homelessness, Housing, Los Angeles, Program design, Social impact bonds, Social programs, Supportive housing, US News |

By:David A. Smith   When it comes to people whom we wish to help with government or charitable resources so that they can change their lives, should we make them prove it first or should we give it first?    Is this a good idea?   That question lies underneath the design choices within many […]

Homeless and Hungary: Part 2, how hard to rise

8 May, 2012 (10:57) | Budapest, Ecosystem, Employment, Homelessness, Housing, Hungary, Innovations, Policy, Supportive housing |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post on the mushrooming of homelessness in Budapest, using a credulous National Public Radio (April 6, 2012) story and a slightly more detailed December, 2011 op-ed (in Georgia font), published in The Observers – France 24, introduced us to unemployed construction worker Zoltan Szarka, […]