Costa Mesa, California—If you’re a woman living on the street or in a tent on a beach, chances are you’ve seen this scene before.
But it’s more than that: It’s the result of a housing policy that’s been a staple of the US for more than a century.
A lot of people, including the city of Costa Mesa’s own mayor, have argued that the city’s housing policies should be more progressive than the federal government.
“I think it’s very important for our country that we have housing for all,” Mayor Ricardo Lara said.
“The housing that we’re getting now, the majority of it, is for people who are not wealthy, for people whose income is not as high as they need to be.
And it’s not for everyone.”
The idea of living in affordable housing is something Lara has advocated for for more and more, but his own policies have been criticized as inequitable.
In the city, which was founded in 1874, the city has been building its housing stock over decades to serve the needs of a city of nearly 400,000 people.
For decades, it has prioritized affordable housing, but in recent years the housing policies of the city and state have shifted.
For example, the City of Costa Macan, California, which encompasses Costa Mesa and neighboring towns, has spent the past several years pushing for a housing strategy that is more progressive.
The city is aiming to build 400 units of affordable housing for people of color, but Lara says that the plan has shifted too quickly.
In 2017, Costa Mesa was one of the first cities in the nation to adopt a new policy aimed at providing more affordable housing to low-income people.
“We started off in 2017 as a little city, we had a very progressive plan,” Lara said, “and in 2018 we had the housing crisis, and we were very surprised to see that we had such high numbers of people who were homeless, so it was really difficult for us to build out our policy and build out more housing for those folks.”
So we’ve been trying to bring the policy back to where it needs to be,” he said.
But the city is also seeing a new wave of homeless people in the area.
In 2016, the average number of homeless individuals in Costa Macans housing was around 8,000, according to the city.
Last year, the number of individuals living in the city was slightly more than 10,000.
The majority of the people living in Costa Maras city are white and Latino.
“But the policies that are being put in place, the policies of how they’re being implemented, they have a lot of potential to make a big difference.” “
Our policy is not the only one that’s going to change,” he told Vice News.
“But the policies that are being put in place, the policies of how they’re being implemented, they have a lot of potential to make a big difference.”
The city’s plan is part of a new push by the city to improve its housing policy.
In May, Costa Maran officials unveiled a new housing strategy, calling for a “sustainable, equitable and progressive approach to housing.”
In a new report, the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit Housing Action Council calls the city a “transition-friendly” city.
The report notes that Costa Mesa has made strides in addressing homelessness by building housing that is not primarily for those on the streets or those living in tent camps.
“Since 2015, the housing that the Costa Macanos has built has increased to approximately 10,800 units,” the report states.
“While this represents a significant increase over the 10,500 units built in 2015, it does not represent a complete increase, as a significant portion of these units are for the homeless.”
The report also notes that the number one reason for homelessness in the region is mental illness, with one in five Costa Mesa residents suffering from some form of mental illness.
“In the past, there was not a place to go if you had a mental illness or if you were homeless,” Lara told Vice.
“That has changed, and there’s been much better support and care for the people who have mental illness and homelessness.”
Housing Action Center director Stephanie Saylor agrees.
“One of the things that we do in our advocacy is we have a very specific focus on the homeless.
We are not talking about the homeless in tents.
We’re talking about homeless in our communities, homeless in Costa Blancas, homeless, homeless people, people who need help, and all those people that are in a cycle,” Saylor told Vice on Tuesday.
The group recently released a new strategy for the city that outlines its approach to creating and maintaining affordable housing.
The strategy, which the city announced Tuesday, includes building an integrated homeless housing strategy for all the city neighborhoods that includes a plan to reduce the number and number of people living on street corners.
The plan also calls for an overhaul of how the city collects rent from the homeless population.
Saylor said that Costa Blanca is also planning to add new units of housing for families