The Crisis

the Crisis:

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


  • In the USA, annually, over 569 million tons of construction debris from roads,
    bridges, buildings, demolition, etc. is dumped
  • On average, trash costs:
    $30/ton to recycle | $50/ton to sent to landfill | $65 to $75/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

How Did This Mess Get Created?

Failed Strategies:
  • City & Urban Planning
  • Architectural Design
  • Political Policy
  • Watch this video....

Current U.S. Government Strategy on the National Homeless Crisis

From the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: