President Trump has blasted California Governor Gavin Newsom for not addressing the growing homeless population in California and says the federal government may get involved. According to data released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last week, California’s homeless population has increased by 16.4% in the past twelve months leaving more than 140,000 residents in the streets to live with no type of adequate shelter or housing available for the residents. California’s homeless population has now surpassed more than a fifth of the entire homeless population in the nation.
President Trump responded Wednesday on Twitter stating that California Governor Gavin Newsom “has done a really bad job on taking care of the homeless population.”President Trump continued that if the problem is not fixed that he will get the “Federal Government Involved.”
Governor Gavin N has done a really bad job on taking care of the homeless population in California. If he can’t fix the problem, the Federal Govt. will get involved! https://t.co/2z8zM37PUA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2019
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson released a statement and said, “homelessness in California is at a crisis level and needs to be addressed by local and state leaders with crisis-like urgency.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom responded to President Trump’s criticism and blamed the Trump administration for the growing crisis and blamed the cuts in funds. Newsom stated,” the White House was taking no action on “Housing First.” Governor Jerry Brown in 2016 and under the law beginning July 1, 2019, the law requires all state funding for homeless programs to go into Housing First.
The Trump administration has been blocking California from deploying $650 million of our OWN MONEY that would go to cities and counties across our state to help solve homelessness.
We refuse to wait any longer — we're taking matters into our own hands. https://t.co/0sSLuOaGCN
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 5, 2019
Many factors have caused the growing homeless crisis in California to get out of hand. Rent costs are extremely high and affordability is a growing crisis. Shirley Gibson, directing attorney of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, stated that in “Redwood City”, a “two-bedroom apartment can $3,500” a month. Gibson also admits that she does not know what the “normal housing market is anymore.”
All throughout California, many tent cities have sprung up. People who do not sleep in tents also sleep in anything that can provide shelter from the elements outside. Many people will also sleep on the ground or in makeshift beds. Many do not sleep at all with having to watch out their belongings and their safety. The homeless population is also causing a health crisis among the population.
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Homeless shelters can not keep up or help the growing homeless population. Shelters fill up quickly daily with people trying to find a safe place to sleep, leaving many shelters filled. They do the best but they are working with limited funds and do not enough room for everyone. Shelters have systems in place to also help single men, women, and women who have custody of their children but there are no shelters available for men who have custody of their children who are in need.
Many people think the homeless population are just people who suffer mental issues or who have drug and alcohol problems but that just isn’t the case. Many people who are homeless hold full-time jobs and live paycheck to pay and can not afford the high cost of rents. For those who are unemployed, it is difficult to look and apply for a job, not looking your best and then having to carry your home on your back everywhere you go.