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Streamlining regulations makes more housing affordable


Last updated 5/17/2018 at Noon

America’s supply of affordable housing is shrinking and a bevy of government regulations on residential construction only acerbates the homeless problem.

As a result more people are now living “unsheltered” in tents along the freeway or beneath overpasses because they can’t afford to pay rent or a home mortgage.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported on a single night in 2017, over a half million people were homeless in America. There were over 21,000 people homeless in Washington state last year.

In Seattle, HUD records show the unsheltered populati...

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