Homelessness is not a new issue in urban environments, but 2020 has significantly exacerbated the crisis, prompting new conversations about the best way to address the growing needs of the unhoused in our communities.

Fortunately, we are seeing positive indicators of a growing will to meaningfully address various aspects of this crisis across the country. Few industries are as well positioned to collaborate on this than the commercial real estate industry – from property owners, managers and developers to architects and designers in our urban cores. And few industries stand to lose more if efforts fail.

Here are some of the creative ways the commercial real estate industry is helping to address homelessness in Denver, Austin and across the West:

Repurposing existing real estate assets

Rallying public and private partnerships

New Approaches to Building Transitional and Affordable Housing

While none of these ideas are a panacea, one thing is clear: No one can do this alone. Real solutions come from strong, inclusive public/private partnerships. And CRE is poised to be a leader in the effort.

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