(BeyondChron) -- On June 29, Bay Area media will provide a special one-day focus on homelessness. Ideally, the coverage will fill in a major media reporting gap: the failure to hold specific politicians accountable for causing and perpetuating widespread visible homelessness in the United States.
This lack of political accountability explains why a crisis that emerged in 1982 has never gotten an adequate response. And when I talk about accountability I mean identifying the politicians who have stopped the funding of affordable housing necessary to end homelessness.
That’s very different from blaming local officials for encampments and other ensuing problems. The media is good at that. It’s like reporting on bodies being pulled out of a river without looking upstream for what is causing their deaths. Until specific national politicians are publicly blamed for not funding housing, homelessness will continue.
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Homelessness emerged during the Reagan Administration. Reagan’s drastic housing cuts in 1981 turned a worsening urban affordability crisis into the nation’s worst mass homelessness since the Great Depression.