The California State Housing agency ( www.hcd.ca.gov) just
published research documents saying that California is entering the "worst
housing crisis in 100 years!"
For example: San Francisco just completed important program studies, that few politicians seem to be aware of, that are shocking.
San Francisco built brand new homes across from the Police HQ in San Francisco and these small prefab units ended up costing hundreds of thousands of dollars per unit: They cost twice as much as the same unit in Austin, Texas would cost to build.
San Francisco City Hall also found that painting and servicing a white rectangle on the ground for homeless people to put their tent in cost the City $6000.00 per month per rectangle. That is how much a penthouse luxury apartment with multiple bathrooms costs in Austin, Texas.
Why is building something costing more than the thing is worth? Cronyism, kickbacks and self-dealing with buddies.
Many Housing Permit Department and City Hall people in San Francisco have been arrested, recently, but the corrupt practices and bribery continues without pause.
Even more interesting: San Francisco took over luxury hotels and offered them to the homeless but 70% of the homeless refused to use the free housing. 70% of the homeless refused a free home in a luxury hotel!!!
The homeless people said why, and it is documented, but NOBODY IN SACRAMENTO EVER reads the statements or they hide the statements from the public.
Here is why the homeless said they don't want California's free
1.) The rules to live in the housing are not rules they can, or will, comply with.
2.) Most of them are addicted to smoking, drinking and drugs and the "free units" have cameras and sensors that record them doing the illicit things. They know that and won't move into a place they know they will get arrested or evicted from as fast as they move in.
3.) The vast contracts and regulation documents they must agree to are something they need a lawyer to explain to them and none of them have lawyers.
4.) Many of them use sex bartering and the cameras on the units will record sex worker activities.
5.) None of them want to be condensed into a tight space with other crazy people because they get set-upon by the worst of the bunch.
6.) They don't want multi-unit housing! They hate it. They want individual homes where they control the whole environment. San Francisco is spending at least TWICE as much money for short term solutions as it would cost for individual pre-fab stand-alone homes.
The San Francisco construction unions and lobbies won't allow the homeless solutions that will work. All of the special interests in San Francisco, from unions, to rich people, to politicians, to realty lobbies to you-name-it, will block anything that makes housing cheaper. They ALL make their money off of a percentage of the most expensive property values.
California has published a vast number of reports, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars, listing the exact number of homeless people, but California has never spent the $60,000.00 it would cost to ask each homeless person the 10 questions about what they want! California politicians in Sacramento don't actually care what homeless people want. They care what they can scam out of a "stimulus" fund to scrape their cut off-the-top of.
When you call top Housing agency officials in Santa Cruz, Marin, San Francisco, Tulare and other counties to ask them what the main reason is that poor people can't get new homes built, they all pretty much said: "The State and County laws prevent us from building anything these days..."
Marin County staff said: "We have enough open, empty fields in the county to house every single homeless person in the State but we can't get anything built here without a ton of lawsuits, 5 year studies and permit hell-scapes. Every homeless person could get a modern Dwell Magazine-style stand-alone small house if the Country Office's didn't block every single construction project that is attempted!"
The difference between what California says, and does, is the same difference between night and day. San Francisco is an example of how home-building has been halted in the State. The rest of the state is following the profiteering based blockades to keep homes from getting built to deliver permanent supportive rental housing for people living with a serious mental illness who are homeless, chronically homeless, or at-risk of chronic homelessness. The government funds are rarely ACTUALLY used to acquire, design, construct, rehabilitate, or preserve permanent supportive housing, which may rarely include a capitalized operating subsidy reserve.
OK, so say you don't care about the homeless people. "Screw em all"
you say. "They are low life drug users and weirdos who won't confirm
to our white picket fence social programming..."
So do you care about your own home!?
Want to buy a home or buy a bigger home? Forget it, you are
screwed if you live in California. The State has, essentially,
You can't build a home without the process being so painful,
expensive, delayed and litigation-focused that it will ruin your
If the State of California was serious about solving the housing crisis it would create a singe two page building permit application that worked in every County, that a single state office could sign off on within 60 hours.
If the State of California was serious about solving the
housing crisis they would turn the tsunami of state-created
immigrant unemployment into a positive, Now that
California has let half of Mexico in to the State, you have huge
clusters of skilled workers hanging around, looking for work, a few
blocks away from every Home Depot in the State. Each 20 of them can
erect a move-in ready home in one week. Give them an empty pasture
and a challenge and turn them loose with a pay-per-house incentive
If the State of California was serious about solving the
housing crisis it would allow a SIMPLE program for the hundreds
of thousands of renters, who get $1600.00 a month,
forever, from HUD for tiny rental apartments, to EASILY use that
money for mortgage to build a small home. The HUD Home Ownership
Program, which is supposed to allow this to happen, is blockaded
across the state. Most county officials don't even know how it works
or direct inquiries to dead-ends.
If the State of California was serious about solving the housing
crisis it would put a billion dollars into it's CalHOME fund and
restart that fund.
Until those kinds of things happen, there is no hope for the
State! Greed, payola, special interests and revolving door jobs
control your housing opportunities in the state of California.