By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) After President Trump criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for doing little to combat the homeless problem in her San Francisco district, he threatened Gov. Gavin Newsom with federal intervention if his administration did not do more to clean up streets and make them safe again for residents.
In response, the governor’s office issued what amounts to a pointless defense of both Newsom and his state…pointless, because the homeless problem in California is worse today than ever, and getting ever more serious (never less so).
CA is doing more than ever to tackle the homelessness crisis despite the federal administration’s roadblocks:
➡️$1B investment including $650M in emergency aid
➡️New legislation to help cities & counties
➡️Homelessness experts to identify solutions + morehttps://t.co/1ZMjC1eSOt
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) December 27, 2019
Oh, and of course, California Dems are blaming their home-grown homeless problems on President Trump’s administration:
Overcoming bureaucratic roadblocks erected by the Trump administration, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that California cities and counties can start applying for hundreds of millions of dollars in Emergency Homelessness Aid provided by the 2019-2020 California budget at Veterans’ Village in Loma Linda.
He also announced that Matthew Doherty, former executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness under both the Obama and Trump administrations and a leader in the field, would be advising his Administration, as Doherty called for the federal government to do more to solve this crisis.
Wait — how can a former Trump administration guy be the perfect fit to deal with California’s homeless crisis when the Trump administration is supposedly responsible for it?
“California is doing more than ever before to tackle the homelessness crisis but every level of government, including the federal government, must step up and put real skin in the game,” said Newsom, echoing a line Barack Obama liked to use.
“California is making historic investments now to help our communities fight homelessness. But we have work to do and we need the federal government to do its part.”
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) December 20, 2019
This, from a state that wanted to secede after Trump was elected in 2016.
In any event, the problem is not one of the Trump administration’s making: It’s 100 percent due to Garbage Party policies in this one party state.
“While the rest of the country experienced a combined decrease in homelessness in 2019, significant increases in unsheltered and chronic homelessness on the West Coast, particularly California and Oregon, offset those nationwide decreases, causing an overall increase in homelessness of 2.7 percent in 2019,” the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, led by Dr. Ben Carson, said in a statement.
“Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia reported declines in homelessness between 2018 and 2019, while 21 states reported increases in the number of persons experiencing homelessness. Homelessness in California increased by 21,306 people, or 16.4 percent, which is more than the total national increase of every other state combined.”
So let’s think critically: If a state’s homeless problem is getting worse, wouldn’t that have a lot to do with local policies that start with, say, decriminalizing camping on city streets, drug use in public, and defecating on sidewalks?
Carson addressed California’s worsening homeless problem Thursday on Fox News, telling Ed Henry he hoped that Sacramento would have more “urgency” in addressing the crisis:
“First of all, you have a significant number of people with disturbances in their mental capacity. We have drug addiction, and we have people who simply cannot afford to live in a place where you have so many regulations that drive up the cost of everything,” he said.
He dismissed Sacramento’s calls for more HUD vouchers, saying such aid came from a nationwide pool of money that “doesn’t grow because you say, ‘grow it.’”
He continued, “So, the better thing to do is go and look at the root cause: Why are things they are so expensive? What can be done about them? And then, how can we deal with the mentally ill individuals?”
Washington “recently was given a waiver by HHS so they could use Medicaid dollars for mental illness. California could apply for that same waiver. And, those are the kind of things that have to be done, and they have to be done with the federal, state, local, as well as faith-based, the for-profit, the not-for-profits — we need to work together to get this done; it can be done, absolutely,” Carson added.
Carson also had a message for Newsom: “Put the people first.”
“It’s Christmastime. Think about what the Bible says,” he told Henry. “‘He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker. He that honoreth with him has mercy on the poor.’ Let’s think about some mercy on the poor. Let’s think about real compassion. Let’s not think about ways that we can keep people dependent and in these horrible situations, but how can we liberate them?”
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