America’s Housing Construction Labor Shortage Continues

[Originally published by Forbes]

 

Several years after the Great Recession, it’s safe to say that America’s housing market is back. Since 2009, when the number of new authorized housing units dipped to 583,000, they have ticked up every year since, and are now around 1.2 million annually. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index has also increased every year since then, almost returning to the levels found in the late-1990s boom years. And national median home prices, while bottoming out in 2012, have risen back up to their 2007 levels, creating a nearly perfect symmetrical, upside-down bell curve on Zillow’s 10-year graph.… Read more

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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.… Read more

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