Major Causes of Homelessness in Oregon
Major causes of homelessness in Oregon are the direct result of interference of the housing market by over zealous bureaucratic land planners who intentionally restrict the supply of housing, and the soft money policies of the Federal Reserve.
Douglas County recently considered opening up 35,000 acres of rural land zoned forest and grazing to 20-acre home plots. Deschutes and Jefferson counties submitted letters of support. Douglas county withdrew its plan because the change was opposed by Oregon's LCD Department, Department of fish and wildlife, and the 1,000 Friends of Oregon anti-growth super PAC. Housing supply has simply not kept up with demand. Most policymakers and media reports overlook the elephant in the room. The supply dilemma can largely be attributed to onerous zoning regulations.
Another major cause of homelessness is poor forest management. Oregon has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Environmentalists have decimated Oregon's number one business, the forestry industry. Living-
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