The Crisis

Construction Related:

Pollution

  • In the USA, annually, over 569 million tons of construction debris from roads, bridges, buildings, demolition, etc. is dumped
  • On average, trash costs:
    $30  per ton to recycle | $50  per ton to sent to landfill | $65 to $75 per ton to incinerate
  • Leading US cities for recycling: San Francisco, CA  Boston, MA  Chicago, IL  Denver, CO, Portland, OR
  • Leading countries for recycling rates: Switzerland  Australia  Germany Netherlands Norway

Homelessness & Inadequate Housing: The Numbers

  • 552,830 homeless in the US                          
  • 49,933  are Military Veterans
  • 100 million  homeless worldwide
  • 1.6 billion  globally without adequate  housing
  • New York City spent  $3.2 billion  on homelessness  programs in 2019
  • Top 4 US cities with the most unsheltered homeless:
    San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Santa Rosa, CA, Seattle, WA

Traditional Construction:
Overpriced, Inferior Quality & Blown Schedules

Primary over-budget causes for traditional construction:
  • Unclear scope of work + extras
  • Lack of effective communication
  • Employee absenteeism
  • Changes to scope/project
  • Unforeseen site conditions
  • Poor workmanship
  • Schedule delays
Primary schedule delay causes for traditional construction:
  • On-site labor challenges
  • Budget inaccuracies
  • Delayed approvals/inspections
  • Sub-contractor conflicts
  • Lack of effective communication
  • Poor weather

Summary:
How Did This Mess Get Created?

Failed Strategies:
  • City & Urban Planning
  • Architectural Design
  • Political Policy
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Current U.S. Government Strategy on the National Homeless Crisis

From the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: