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Why is Homelessness so Visible in Big West Coast Cities Right now?

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Aug 12, 2021 8:00 pm
  • 22:30

Homelessness increased about 2% in the United States last year, but if you visit a major city on the west coast—like Seattle or San Francisco—you’d think the problem absolutely exploded. What’s making homelessness such a visible problem in some cities? Gregg Colburn studies homelessness and housing at the University of Washington, and he’s got a book coming out next year that looks at this question. It’s called “Homelessness is a Housing Problem.”