Tuesday Talk: Did bad policy create homeless crisis?
When it’s this cold Minnesotans pay particular attention to finding homeless people shelter. Unfortunately, this temporary relief only treats symptoms of a much larger human service crisis that bad public policy created. Back in the early 1980s, the U.S. cut affordable housing funding significantly ($480 billion in today’s dollars by one estimate). Other policies caused a decrease in real wages, increasing poverty. These forces pushed people out of their homes.
Today, between 8 and 9:30, we’re joined by two homeless advocates, Mikkel Beckmen, Director of the Office to End Homelessness in Minneapolis and Hennepin County, and Colleen O’Connor Toberman, Minnesota 2020 Hindsight Fellow.
We can’t rewind the clock, so what can we do to prevent pushing more people on the streets?
What are your thoughts on moving beyond just treating the symptoms of homelessness to more effective solutions?
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