Housing the Homeless Part 3

Nef Cortez

By Nef Cortez

The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that there are currently over 500,000 homeless people in the United States. We have all seen “the homeless” as we drive to and from work, while running errands, at freeway off-ramps, underneath freeway overpasses, along the Santa Ana River near Anaheim Stadium. The 1/2 million homeless is such a large number that it is hard to fully appreciate its “largeness”. The number is equivalent to the population of cities as large as Fresno, Ca or Mission Viejo, Ca.

The nation as a whole has seen a decrease of about 10-15% in the last decade. Although that is encouraging, the homeless population has become more concentrated and increased in large cities such as Los Angeles, Ca; San Francisco, Ca; Oakland, Ca; San Diego, Ca; and Anaheim, Ca. Many non-profit organizations are involved in the effort to end homelessness. Many Cities are have implemented or are implementing programs to deal with the problem.  Residents of Los Angeles County voted this past election cycle to impose upon themselves a 5 cent sales tax to fund the effort to fight homelessness.

Where does organized real estate fit into the picture?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has within its stated motto “helping its members become more profitable and successful”. True success for its members is achieved through the preservation of the rights of property owners to own, use, and transfer real property. Without the preservation of these rights, it becomes impossible for the industry to survive, let alone allow for its members to “become more profitable” as stated in the organization’s “Mission”.  In my opinion, Organized Real Estate has an obligation to be an active participant and become more engaged in the effort to fight “Homelessness”.

How does the Real Estate Industry’s current efforts impact the effort to house the homeless? How does their concerted effort combined with the lending industry impact or affect the homeless? How should these organizations “behave” as responsible community members and participate in efforts to “house the homeless”?

I will provide answers to these and other questions submitted to me by readers of this paper. Please feel free to submit questions to me at NefCortez@gmail.com, or visit my website at www.nefcortez.com.

This article was written by Nef Cortez who is a licensed Real Estate Broker, Ca BRE # 00560181, licensed since 1976. He can be reached via e-mail at nefcortez@gmail.com, or website www.nefcortez.com. Please feel free to email any questions regarding real estate.


NEF CORTEZ,  Broker  CalBRE # 00560181 Certified REO Broker Certified Distress Property Expert

ReMax Realty 100

1411 S. Diamond Bar Blvd.,

Diamond Bar, Ca.  91765

e-mail: nefcortez@gmail.com

Office: 909-610-6303 Fax:  909-752-3163 Cell: 909-762-8135



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