Homelessness Is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns

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Univ of California Press, Mar 15, 2022 - Political Science - 284 pages
In Homelessness Is a Housing Problem, Gregg Colburn and Clayton Page Aldern seek to explain the substantial regional variation in rates of homelessness in cities across the United States. In a departure from many analytical approaches, Colburn and Aldern shift their focus from the individual experiencing homelessness to the metropolitan area. Using accessible statistical analysis, they test a range of conventional beliefs about what drives the prevalence of homelessness in a given city—including mental illness, drug use, poverty, weather, generosity of public assistance, and low-income mobility—and find that none explain the regional variation observed across the country. Instead, housing market conditions, such as the cost and availability of rental housing, offer a far more convincing account. With rigor and clarity, Homelessness Is a Housing Problem explores U.S. cities' diverse experiences with housing precarity and offers policy solutions for unique regional contexts.
 

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Contents

Baseline
5
Evidence
32
Individual
74
Landscape
95
Typology
162
Notes
205
Bibliography
237
Index
257
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Gregg Colburn is Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, where he studies housing policy, housing affordability, and homelessness.



Clayton Page Aldern is a data scientist and policy analyst based in Seattle.

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