By Frank Gallo, Member, Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles
A recently published study by the University of San Francisco on the California homelessness crisis concludes that the inability to pay rent was a major contributor to homelessness. In my opinion, the study is a good start but seems to be incomplete since it does not indicate for what reasons did those individuals stop paying their rent.
The survey and interviews used for the study attempt to identify the causes of homelessness while trying to understand why people remain homeless. Unfortunately, the study fails to address some major issues that are the intrinsic causes of the problem. What life crisis resulted in the individuals becoming unhoused? More importantly, how can we prevent those life crises that resulted in people becoming homeless? Creating housing for the now homeless would not prevent them from going back to the streets or prevent others from becoming homeless, it would just make the problem popular with politicians and well-paid non-profit organizations that continue to perpetuate it.