Economics/Class Relations

Make this group of people pay for California homelessness relief

A founding member of Berkeley’s Homeless Services Panel of Experts argues one specific group of people should pay for homelessness relief.

In one California city, the end of homelessness could be close at hand as Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has proposed a “right to housing” for the city. Despite push back from some community activists who worry a “right to housing” will only provide legal justification to criminalize living outside, the mayor insists that housing the homeless is a public duty too long past due. But the main lingering question is who is going to pay for it? Someone needs to cover the bill, and it might as well be the real estate moguls who have been exploiting an out-of-whack housing market.

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