Please consider joining us as we develop and promote innovative solutions to end the homelessness crisis in California.
We are working with a unique coalition of for- and non-profits in San Francisco to move ideas into impact in restoring
our communities and help countless individuals and families achieve their full potential. We are inviting you to be part
of the solution and join us in our Campaign for Housing and Human Dignity—a research, promotional, and direct
service initiative from the Independent Institute.
Government policies have made homelessness worse.
(Photo of encampment outside San Francisco City Hall)
California’s state and local governments have failed to curb
rapidly increasing homelessness. Even while homelessness
rates have declined nationally, communities in California
have seen dramatic increases, with an estimated 151,000
(31% increase from 2015) people now experiencing
homelessness across the state.
The cause for this tragic increase can be attributed primarily
to failing state and local government policies that have
fueled homelessness. This includes directing funding almost
exclusively to “Housing First:” a “one-size-fits-all” approach
to homelessness. Using this approach towards every homeless individual in California would be prohibitively expensive
($75 billion)—yet studies show “Housing First” does not reduce homelessness. Meanwhile, an immense government
regulatory regime on housing development disincentivizes and obstructs the building of all housing, driving the crisis in
Producing Pathbreaking Research Into the Causes of Homelessness. It all starts with rigorous research. We are currently finalizing an in-depth, peer-reviewed Independent Policy Report analyzing the causes of homelessness and laying out bold solutions, including examples of successful alternative approaches. Presenting a forward-looking, optimistic, and solutionsoriented vision, and connecting these ideas with organizations and networks as below, we can inspire new directions to erase the scourge of homelessness in our communities.
Putting Ideas Into Action in San Francisco. Independent is the designated policy partner for an exciting new coalition of 30 for- and non-profit organizations developing a way out of homelessness for every San Francisco resident who suffers from substance abuse and desires to change. This includes the development of 1,500 beds of sober, “transformational housing,” to provide individuals experiencing homelessness with programming including recovery, workforce development and job placement, and wrap-around support services for achieving their full potential.
Amplifying Our Findings and Solutions Through Entrepreneurial Marketing and Promotion. In addition to utilizing social media platforms, the Independent Institute moves our research to impact by securing feature stories, interviews, and op-eds across major online, broadcast
and print media outlets such as in NPR, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
In addition, we’ll hold in-person and virtual events featuring a panel of experts and coalition
partners to engage key audiences as well as the general public.
Media Reach So Far in 2020
Producing a High-Impact Documentary on Homelessness to Reach Millions of Californians.
The Independent Institute is differentiated by its innovative multi-media approach to sharing our findings, solutions, and perspective, including our wildly successful Love Gov
YouTube series that has garnered over 35 million views and 31 film awards and laurels to date. Building on this
track record, we will produce a compelling 30-minute documentary presenting our findings and
recommendations through narrative-driven storytelling.