again do people think "take vacant houses (most of which are between tenants) and give them gratis to homeless people" is a solution to housing problems in markets like san francisco?
"help i can't live in san francisco anymore because the only available apartments are $3800 and that's more than my family can afford"

"have no fear, we took all the rentals currently on the market and gave them for free to the guys in tents. problem solved"
frankly you don't even have to spend 5 minutes to figure out why the "more vacant homes than homeless people" talking point is stupid! people are being intentionally stupid about it because they don't like the solutions to the actual problem.
right it's also like, how would you implement this? "raise everyone's taxes dramatically in order to buy whatever house is on the market and give it away to a homeless person" would be the least politically popular proposal in history
(no you cannot just seize the vacant units for free. there's this thing called the United States Constitution, believe it or not you are not the first person to think of doing this!)
No, see you pair this with hard-capped universal rent control (never mind that THAT'S illegal in California) and then just... hope no one ever needs to move ever again or have a decades long waiting list for units in desirable areas or something
I don't give a fuck about the moral weight of anything, if your policy proposal requires the collapse of the United States government before it could be implemented do not be surprised if people mock you for not being serious about solving the issue
Correct. The number of people who are at-this-moment experiencing homelessness is only a fraction of the people who will be experiencing homelessness at some point in the next few years!
Yes, I have extremely bad news for all of us by the way about what the 6-3 stolen supreme court is going to mean for existing rent control laws, sadly
Right, among many, many problems with this, if you are giving homeless people assets worth ~$1M, how do you determine who is a *real* homeless person, vs someone who had other options and decided to live on the street for a while to get the free house?
Just to address this very common objection: "Condos kept as permanently vacant money laundering assets" is a real phenomenon but are unfortunately a tiny percentage of total vacant units and not nearly enough to solve the housing shortage.
They are dwarfed by "units that are vacant because they are in between renters or owner occupiers" and "units that are vacant because they would require expensive repairs to become safely habitable." It would be rad to seize all the zombie condos! There's just not nearly enough.
It's kind of a tricky thing to regulate out but the thing about global capital is that it's mobile so just putting a little pressure on the oligarch cash can be enough to at least displace some of it to a new market (as seemingly happened in Vancouver, BC)
"just get houses to people" shit why didn't I think of that
sure, it doesn't really matter in YIMBYtopia, but we don't live in YIMBYtopia, and stopping units from being converted into zombie condos or airbnbs helps us get to the abundance point quicker (even if it's not enough).

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