The homeless crisis in California is staggering, to say the least. A shocking 25% of America’s homeless are in the state, and perhaps growing. This is due to a number of issues, mostly stemming from the far left’s radical agenda.
California has legalized a number of recreational drugs, attracting addicts and homeless. They hand out a tremendous amount of welfare to the homeless, without requiring anything in return. Shockingly high cost of living, coupled with increasing taxes, have made it hard for low-income families to earn a living.
And that’s not to mention local laws that prevent cops from clearing away homeless shanty towns.
And now, right in Gov Newsom’s backyard, the worst has hit.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, who once deemed himself the “homeless czar,” saw for the first time in the state’s history that the homeless population in Sacramento rose by 67% in three years — surpassing San Francisco’s count, which dropped by 15%…
The count revealed a substantial increase in the county’s homeless population, with an estimated 9,278 individuals without shelter in the state’s capital. Those numbers were about half the size in 2019, the report says…
According to Sacramento Steps Forward, a nonprofit working to end homelessness in the county, the city invests approximately $33 million annually for shelter and other services for the homeless population. Sacramento currently operates about 1,050 emergency beds and supports community organizations that provide housing and shelter. Last year alone, the city allocated $50 million in addition to its homelessness programs for mental health, substance abuse, and rehousing assistance. [Source: Daily Wire]
Democrats in California are throwing millions at the homelessness problem, but things are only getting worse. They claim the issue is “complex” with “no single driver.” But they demand affordable, government-funded housing to solve the issue.
It doesn’t matter how much money Newsom spends, or how many cheap homes they build, if they refuse to end the drug policies and welfare that are encouraging homelessness. And cheap housing will not fix the fact that many homeless are homeless because of drug addiction and mental illness.
It seems the more the state spends on the problem, the more people end up homeless. It’s as if they are trying to increase the homeless population. Instead of addressing the root causes (leftist policies), they are wasting tax dollars to make it look like they know what they are doing.
Meanwhile, residents are leaving in droves, preferring to live in a state that doesn’t reward drug addiction and homelessness.
How long before all of Sacrament is a shanty town?
Author: Jim Stone