California leads the nation in homelessness, with the state taking 23 of 25 spots across five separate measures of the severity of the homeless crisis.
California has a reputation as the progressive bastion of the nation, with a commitment to the welfare of all, including an enormous population of illegal aliens. It’s no wonder, given the state just approved another $30M in handouts to DACA beneficiaries, including $10M for college tuition. The state has a habit of patting itself on the back for public shows of benevolence, while glossing over its litany of humanitarian issues affecting citizens, like homeless families and veterans.
In contrast to the spontaneous $30 million commitment to resident aliens, the long-planned 2017-2018 budget allocates $10 million of the higher education budget, statewide, “to develop and enhance veterans’ resource centers.” That is as much as the state is gifting to DACA students, just with this special dispensation, and ignoring the established budget, which already provides tens of millions more dollars to pay for legal fees of aliens, legal or not.
At the end of the day, no matter how important education is, it is a luxury compared to food and shelter, and it is no secret that California has a major homeless crisis. In fact, CA is experiencing such a problem with homelessness, Anaheim declared a state of emergency.
A study reports San Francisco saw a city-wide decrease in homelessness for the first time in “a long time.” It also notes the drastic increase in presence of homeless encampments outside the central part of the city, in areas like the Richmond District, where the homeless count nearly doubled since 2015. The report is based on a one-night count, confined to the city, so, if the homeless population is doing its own form of urban sprawl, it seems like a reasonable bet that the decrease count is, at least in part, due to homeless people having been pushed out of the city entirely. Gentrification in the central San Francisco districts – Tenderloin and the surrounding area host 49 percent of the city’s homeless. – means the homeless are being pushed out, and into the other city districts, or beyond city limits.
California’s ongoing failure to address its homeless population has set the state up as the nation’s leader in homelessness. The top five cities for unsheltered homeless are all in California, and of four other top-five metrics, California cities took all but four of the 20 spots. Perhaps the state’s homeless population could get some help from their government, if they just declared themselves illegal aliens.
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