In Focus | Urban Homelessness

 
 

Urban homelessness may be a complex problem, but its causes are not a mystery. Rapid urbanization has led to housing shortages, higher rents, and the inability of many residents to find affordable places to live. But solutions do exist, as four students from Georgetown’s Master’s in Real Estate program showed by winning the top prize in the 2018 CASE Competition with their plan for a mixed-use development on San Francisco’s waterfront. Here, Real Estate Faculty Director Glenn Williamson talks with the students about how their proposal—which includes 600 housing units (200 of them affordable) as well as services for the homeless—could be a model for more inclusive development. 

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