By most accounts, California is experiencing an acute crisis in housing affordability, and perhaps an even worse crisis in a rapidly growing problem of homelessness. In July 2019, we asked our panel of experts across Southern California some key questions related to housing and homelessness, and we found a variety of perspectives across sectors, including government, nonprofits, philanthropy, and academia.

We have organized responses across our experts for each question below:

  1. From your perspective, how are the problems of housing affordability and homelessness linked, and how are they different? 
  2. From your perspective, what is missing in the housing affordability conversation so far in Southern California? And in looking for solutions, what role should government (federal, state, or local) play? And what roles should the private sector and non-profits sector play? 
  3. From your perspective, what is missing in the homelessness conversation so far in Southern California? And in looking for solutions, what role should government (federal, state, or local) play? And what roles should the private sector and non-profits sector play? 
  4. Any additional thoughts on affordable housing or homelessness?

In addition to our online forum, the Southern California News Group published full-page spreads across its 11 daily newspapers on August 25, 2019 and October 13, 2019.