San Francisco’s Bureaucracy, Unions Stifle Modular Housing For Homeless

[Originally published by Forbes]


Anyone who has visited San Francisco, and stepped even a block off the beaten path, knows of its homeless problem. The city has an estimated 6,700 street people—the 2nd-highest per capita in the nation—and 1,500 of these are chronically homeless, often dwelling amid the drugs and violence of the Tenderloin district. There is general consensus that this group, filled with people suffering from addiction and mental illness, would benefit from permanent housing. One proposed solution is modular prefab housing that can be cheaply constructed from elsewhere, and shipped into San Francisco. But multiple interests—including NIMBYs, construction unions, and the local government itself—are blocking that process….[read the rest at Forbes]