In major cities across the country, skyrocketing rents and housing prices have pushed out workers and everyday people who are no longer able to afford the cost of living. In Los Angeles, this has led to a spike in homelessness and the increased precarity that comes from living on the streets. Since 2017, at least 1200 homeless people in LA have died, many from treatable illnesses like cardiovascular disease, pneumonia, and diabetes. What are some of the causes and solutions to this housing crisis?
On today’s episode we speak to Randy Shaw about his new book Generation Priced Out. In this book, Randy poses the question: “who gets to live in the new urban America? He takes us through the political, economic, and generational dynamics of the struggle for housing, both how it is, and how it could be better.
Randy Shaw is Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, San Francisco’s leading provider of housing for homeless single adults. His previous books include The Activist’s Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century; Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century;and The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime, and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco.