Live Online Conference

Crisis: Housing and Homelessness in California

September 22, 2020
10:00AM — 1:15PM PDT

September 23, 2020
10:00AM — 2:00PM PDT

Live Online

Featuring Micah Weinberg, California Forward; Jennifer Hernandez, Holland & Knight; Ricardo Flores, Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Laura Foote, YIMBY Action; Steven Falk, Interim City Administrator, City of Oakland; Sonja Trauss, YIMBY Law; Matt Regan, Bay Area Council; Kevin Faulconer, Mayor of San Diego; Lee Ohanian, UCLA; Michael Tanner, Cato Institute.

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Any effort to address poverty and inequality in California must start with the lack of affordable housing. The median home price in the state now tops $500,000, while the median rent for a two‐​bedroom apartment tops $1,800 per month, nearly 55 percent higher than the national median. In cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, average rent exceeds $2,500 per month. The high cost of housing is largely a function of high demand and low supply. Estimates show that California needs 3.5 million housing units by 2025 just to meet current needs.

At the same time, there are an estimated 130,000 homeless people in the state, including around 28,000 in the San Francisco Bay Area and 60,000 in Los Angeles County alone. But even often‐​overlooked cities such as San Diego have homeless populations in excess of 8,000. By some calculations, more than 47 percent of all unhoused homeless people in America reside in California. We are witnessing a major human tragedy.

At the heart of these twin crises lies a plethora of government regulations and policies that makes it harder to build affordable housing or to assist the homeless. Therefore, the Cato Institute is bringing together academic experts, housing activists, and political leaders from across the ideological spectrum to discuss ways in which state and local officials can make housing more available and affordable.

PROGRAM

September 22, 2020

10:00 - 10:15AM

Welcome

Michael Tanner, Cato Institute

10:15 - 10:45AM

Opening Remarks

Micah Weinberg, California Forward

10:45 - 11:00AM

Break

11:00AM - 12:15PM

Panel Discussion: Barriers to Affordable Housing

Jennifer Hernandez, Holland & Knight
Ricardo Flores, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Laura Foote, YIMBY Action

12:15 - 12:30PM

Break

12:30 - 1:15PM

California Crisis: A Discussion

Steven Falk, Interim City Administrator, City of Oakland
Sonja Trauss, YIMBY Law

September 23, 2020

10:00 - 10:15AM

Welcome

Michael Tanner, Cato Institute

10:15 - 10:45AM

Opening Remarks

10:45 - 11:00AM

Break

11:00AM - 12:15PM

Panel Discussion: The Growing Crisis of Homelessness

Matt Regan, Bay Area Council
Kevin Faulconer, Mayor of San Diego

12:15 - 12:30PM

Special Video Presentation: Voices from the Street

12:30 - 12:45 PM

Break

12:45 - 1:45PM

Closing Address: Recommendations for Reform

Lee Ohanian, UCLA

1:45 - 2:00PM

Afterward

Michael Tanner, Cato Institute

Additional programming and speakers will be confirmed in the near future.