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Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast

Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Pod

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Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast

Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast

Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Pod

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Why is it so expensive to live in California? And what can the state do about it? Every other week, Los Angeles Times housing reporter Liam Dillon and CALmatters' data reporter Matt Levin chat about the latest developments in California housing policy and interview a key housing newsmaker. Listen to this podcast and we promise your rent will drop in half instantly. You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and anywhere else you get your pods. Gimme Shelter is supported by The James Irvine Foundation, committed to a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.

Latest Episodes

Why the housing market isn't tanking, with Zillow's Skylar Olsen

It's the worst economy since the Great Depression...and housing prices aren't really budging all that much. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the confusing state of California's home and rental market. First, the Avocado of the Fortnight begs an existential question: just how harmful are UC Berkeley undergrads to the world? (2:20). Then a discussion of housing and homelessness dollars in the state budget, whether Project Homekey will actually work, and what the state is planning to do about evictions (6:20). Finally, an interview with Zillow economist Skylar Olsen about the mystifying state of California's housing market (28:00). Audio editing by Victor Figueroa, http://www.vicfig.com/

62 MIN1 d ago
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Why the housing market isn't tanking, with Zillow's Skylar Olsen

Article 34 and Devaluing Black Homes, with Andre Perry

Structural racism in housing lay at the heart of many of the economic disparities between black and white households. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam delve into the legacy of one California-specific housing policy with a deeply racist history that is still embedded in the state constitution: Article 34 (7:40). Then, a conversation with Andre Perry, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, whose research into the devaluation of homes in Black neighborhoods points to systemic bias in how the U.S. and California cities value Black assets (24:30). Andre's book: https://www.brookings.edu/book/know-your-price/

48 MIN3 w ago
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Article 34 and Devaluing Black Homes, with Andre Perry

Bonus Pod: Samaritans, Episode 1

BONUS TRACK!!! Gimme Shelter will be running episodes of "Samaritans", a KCRW narrative podcast hosted by Anna Scott that follows one person's experience of homelessness in Los Angeles. Here's episode one. Samaritans: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/samaritans/id1517172761 There Goes the Neighborhood: https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/there-goes-the-neighborhood

29 MIN3 w ago
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Bonus Pod: Samaritans, Episode 1

California's post-pandemic housing package

California lawmakers have introduced a new package of legislation aimed at making it easier to build housing in California. Matt and Liam discuss whether the new proposals will make a meaningful dent in the state's housing shortage, and how COVID_19 has changed what is and isn't possible. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight has Matt and Liam talking turkey (5:00). Then Liam shared some epidemiologically informed advice for Matt on how he should live in his apartment complex (7:20). Then an overview of how homelessness and housing programs fared in deficit-demolished state budget (12:00), and how that affected the suite of housing bills pushed by Senate Democratic leaders after SB 50 (21:00). Remember to donate to CalMatters and subscribe to the Los Angeles Times to participate in our Gimme Shelter Sweepstakes and get a chance to win some housing artwork and be on the show. Donate: https://checkout.fundjournalism.org/memberform?org_id=calmatters Subscribe: https://www.latimes.com/subscriptions/land-subscribe-evergreen/subscribe.html

38 MINMAY 27
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California's post-pandemic housing package

#CancelTheRent, with a California renter and landlord

With the state's economy in pandemic-induced freefall, missed rent payments are piling up for California tenants and landlords. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss whether a rent strike will provoke the state into action, and what can the government realistically do to help? First, the Avocado of the Fortnite takes us to Liam's backyard (4:00). Then a discussion of the #CancelTheRent movement and two state proposals to address the issue (7:00). Then an interview with Patricia Mendoza, a renter in Imperial Beach who participated in the May 1 rent strike (30:00). Finally, an interview with Evelyn Garcia, whose family owns an apartment complex in South L.A. (44:00). LA Times Subscription Page: https://www.latimes.com/subscriptions/land-subscribe-evergreen/subscribe.html#int_source=on_site&int_medium=may_acquisition_subscribe_vanity_landing_page&int_campaign=digital_test CalMatters Donation Page: calmatters.org/donate/ml

59 MINMAY 12
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#CancelTheRent, with a California renter and landlord

Will California rethink density because of COVID-19, with Conor Dougherty

Is density to blame for New York's coronavirus outbreak? And if so, should California rethink its push for building more apartments in major cities? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the new public health dimensions of California's density debate. First, an Avocado of the Fortnite takes us to an echo chamber inside Matt's living room (3:00). Then a discussion of NIMBY pushback to housing the homeless in hotels (7:00), followed by hot takes on whether the drive for urban density will be sunk by COVID-19 (16:00). Then an interview with Conor Dougherty, New York Times reporter and author of the new book "Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America."

52 MINAPR 30
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Will California rethink density because of COVID-19, with Conor Dougherty

A million bucks to build one low-income housing unit, with Ginger Hitzke

Low-income housing developers say it's really expensive to build affordable units in California. Matt and Liam delve into one example: The Pearl, a small low-income apartment complex that ultimately projected to cost $1.1 million per unit and was never built. First, an FAQ on California's eviction rules after the court system issued new protocols (2:00). Then a discussion of what happened to The Pearl and what it says about California's low-income housing shortage (15:00). Then an interview with Ginger Hitzke, developer of The Pearl (32:00).

61 MINAPR 16
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A million bucks to build one low-income housing unit, with Ginger Hitzke

COVID-19 and the housing crisis

As the novel coronavirus pandemic forces millions of Californians to adjust to a new reality, the state’s “housing crisis” already means something different than it did just two weeks ago. On this episode, Matt and Liam discuss how the state's housing woes are complicating California's response to the virus, from homelessness to evictions. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight takes us to the front lines of the tenant revolution: casual dining restaurant chains (6:00). Then a discussion of how Gov. Newsom is trying to house the more than 108,000 Californians without shelter in the middle of a pandemic (9:00). Then a breakdown of what state and local governments are and aren't doing to prevent renters from being evicted (23:00). Finally, some big picture takes on what happens to the housing debate if we enter a prolonged recession (33:00). NOTE: This podcast was recorded Thursday, March 26, one day before Gov. Newsom issued a new executive order on evictions. While the administration has characterized the executive order as an "eviction moratorium", many tenant groups and Democratic lawmakers have criticized it for not doing enough to protect renters. More information on the new executive order: https://www.kqed.org/news/11809328/newsoms-eviction-moratorium-useless-misleading-tenants-groups-say

40 MINMAR 30
Comments
COVID-19 and the housing crisis

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on housing and homelessness

From a live podcast at the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, an interview with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on California's housing and homelessness woes. Full Event: https://priceschool.usc.edu/unhoused-addressing-homelessness-in-california/homelessness-live-webstream/ Produced by Jakob Lazzaro

31 MINFEB 29
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on housing and homelessness

The presidential candidates' housing plans, with Jenny Schuetz

Which presidential candidate's housing plan will do the most for you, dear California voter? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam breakdown the housing proposals of the major remaining presidential candidates and discuss how eerily the policies resemble many California proposals. First an Avocado of the Fortnight compares Detroit and San Francisco real estate (2;10). Then a breakdown of the Trump administration's approach to housing (5:10). Liam and Matt then present the "Gimmie" awards to various Democratic presidential candidates' housing plans (11:00). Finally, an interview with Jenny Schuetz, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute on the role of federal policy in California's housing crisis (23:30). Special thanks to our producer/intern, Jakob Lazzaro

46 MINFEB 18
Comments
The presidential candidates' housing plans, with Jenny Schuetz

Latest Episodes

Why the housing market isn't tanking, with Zillow's Skylar Olsen

It's the worst economy since the Great Depression...and housing prices aren't really budging all that much. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the confusing state of California's home and rental market. First, the Avocado of the Fortnight begs an existential question: just how harmful are UC Berkeley undergrads to the world? (2:20). Then a discussion of housing and homelessness dollars in the state budget, whether Project Homekey will actually work, and what the state is planning to do about evictions (6:20). Finally, an interview with Zillow economist Skylar Olsen about the mystifying state of California's housing market (28:00). Audio editing by Victor Figueroa, http://www.vicfig.com/

62 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Why the housing market isn't tanking, with Zillow's Skylar Olsen

Article 34 and Devaluing Black Homes, with Andre Perry

Structural racism in housing lay at the heart of many of the economic disparities between black and white households. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam delve into the legacy of one California-specific housing policy with a deeply racist history that is still embedded in the state constitution: Article 34 (7:40). Then, a conversation with Andre Perry, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, whose research into the devaluation of homes in Black neighborhoods points to systemic bias in how the U.S. and California cities value Black assets (24:30). Andre's book: https://www.brookings.edu/book/know-your-price/

48 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Article 34 and Devaluing Black Homes, with Andre Perry

Bonus Pod: Samaritans, Episode 1

BONUS TRACK!!! Gimme Shelter will be running episodes of "Samaritans", a KCRW narrative podcast hosted by Anna Scott that follows one person's experience of homelessness in Los Angeles. Here's episode one. Samaritans: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/samaritans/id1517172761 There Goes the Neighborhood: https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/there-goes-the-neighborhood

29 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Bonus Pod: Samaritans, Episode 1

California's post-pandemic housing package

California lawmakers have introduced a new package of legislation aimed at making it easier to build housing in California. Matt and Liam discuss whether the new proposals will make a meaningful dent in the state's housing shortage, and how COVID_19 has changed what is and isn't possible. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight has Matt and Liam talking turkey (5:00). Then Liam shared some epidemiologically informed advice for Matt on how he should live in his apartment complex (7:20). Then an overview of how homelessness and housing programs fared in deficit-demolished state budget (12:00), and how that affected the suite of housing bills pushed by Senate Democratic leaders after SB 50 (21:00). Remember to donate to CalMatters and subscribe to the Los Angeles Times to participate in our Gimme Shelter Sweepstakes and get a chance to win some housing artwork and be on the show. Donate: https://checkout.fundjournalism.org/memberform?org_id=calmatters Subscribe: https://www.latimes.com/subscriptions/land-subscribe-evergreen/subscribe.html

38 MINMAY 27
Comments
California's post-pandemic housing package

#CancelTheRent, with a California renter and landlord

With the state's economy in pandemic-induced freefall, missed rent payments are piling up for California tenants and landlords. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss whether a rent strike will provoke the state into action, and what can the government realistically do to help? First, the Avocado of the Fortnite takes us to Liam's backyard (4:00). Then a discussion of the #CancelTheRent movement and two state proposals to address the issue (7:00). Then an interview with Patricia Mendoza, a renter in Imperial Beach who participated in the May 1 rent strike (30:00). Finally, an interview with Evelyn Garcia, whose family owns an apartment complex in South L.A. (44:00). LA Times Subscription Page: https://www.latimes.com/subscriptions/land-subscribe-evergreen/subscribe.html#int_source=on_site&int_medium=may_acquisition_subscribe_vanity_landing_page&int_campaign=digital_test CalMatters Donation Page: calmatters.org/donate/ml

59 MINMAY 12
Comments
#CancelTheRent, with a California renter and landlord

Will California rethink density because of COVID-19, with Conor Dougherty

Is density to blame for New York's coronavirus outbreak? And if so, should California rethink its push for building more apartments in major cities? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the new public health dimensions of California's density debate. First, an Avocado of the Fortnite takes us to an echo chamber inside Matt's living room (3:00). Then a discussion of NIMBY pushback to housing the homeless in hotels (7:00), followed by hot takes on whether the drive for urban density will be sunk by COVID-19 (16:00). Then an interview with Conor Dougherty, New York Times reporter and author of the new book "Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America."

52 MINAPR 30
Comments
Will California rethink density because of COVID-19, with Conor Dougherty

A million bucks to build one low-income housing unit, with Ginger Hitzke

Low-income housing developers say it's really expensive to build affordable units in California. Matt and Liam delve into one example: The Pearl, a small low-income apartment complex that ultimately projected to cost $1.1 million per unit and was never built. First, an FAQ on California's eviction rules after the court system issued new protocols (2:00). Then a discussion of what happened to The Pearl and what it says about California's low-income housing shortage (15:00). Then an interview with Ginger Hitzke, developer of The Pearl (32:00).

61 MINAPR 16
Comments
A million bucks to build one low-income housing unit, with Ginger Hitzke

COVID-19 and the housing crisis

As the novel coronavirus pandemic forces millions of Californians to adjust to a new reality, the state’s “housing crisis” already means something different than it did just two weeks ago. On this episode, Matt and Liam discuss how the state's housing woes are complicating California's response to the virus, from homelessness to evictions. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight takes us to the front lines of the tenant revolution: casual dining restaurant chains (6:00). Then a discussion of how Gov. Newsom is trying to house the more than 108,000 Californians without shelter in the middle of a pandemic (9:00). Then a breakdown of what state and local governments are and aren't doing to prevent renters from being evicted (23:00). Finally, some big picture takes on what happens to the housing debate if we enter a prolonged recession (33:00). NOTE: This podcast was recorded Thursday, March 26, one day before Gov. Newsom issued a new executive order on evictions. While the administration has characterized the executive order as an "eviction moratorium", many tenant groups and Democratic lawmakers have criticized it for not doing enough to protect renters. More information on the new executive order: https://www.kqed.org/news/11809328/newsoms-eviction-moratorium-useless-misleading-tenants-groups-say

40 MINMAR 30
Comments
COVID-19 and the housing crisis

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on housing and homelessness

From a live podcast at the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, an interview with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on California's housing and homelessness woes. Full Event: https://priceschool.usc.edu/unhoused-addressing-homelessness-in-california/homelessness-live-webstream/ Produced by Jakob Lazzaro

31 MINFEB 29
Comments
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on housing and homelessness

The presidential candidates' housing plans, with Jenny Schuetz

Which presidential candidate's housing plan will do the most for you, dear California voter? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam breakdown the housing proposals of the major remaining presidential candidates and discuss how eerily the policies resemble many California proposals. First an Avocado of the Fortnight compares Detroit and San Francisco real estate (2;10). Then a breakdown of the Trump administration's approach to housing (5:10). Liam and Matt then present the "Gimmie" awards to various Democratic presidential candidates' housing plans (11:00). Finally, an interview with Jenny Schuetz, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute on the role of federal policy in California's housing crisis (23:30). Special thanks to our producer/intern, Jakob Lazzaro

46 MINFEB 18
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The presidential candidates' housing plans, with Jenny Schuetz

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