UPDATED 10:04 AM PT — Thursday, September 12, 2019
The Trump administration is ready to help tackle California’s homelessness crisis. During an interview Monday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said President Trump is passionate about combating homelessness in the state. In the past few month’s, the president has made it clear that he is interested in cleaning up California’s large cities.
“Our beautiful California is a disgrace to our country, it’s a shame, the world is looking at it,” stated the president. “Look at Los Angeles with the tents and the horrible, horrible, disgusting conditions…look at San Francisco…look at some of your other cities.”
Homelessness has been on the rise in California in recent years with the Housing Department estimating around 130,000 people were homeless in the Golden State last year. This data represents nearly a quarter of all homeless people in the entire country.
Looking even further, the state currently holds nearly 30-percent of the country’s homeless veterans, which accounts for nearly 11,000 people.
Both Carson and Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere blame on over-regulation and excessive taxation for the state’s flood of homelessness.
Nonetheless, state and local officials have been working on a number of Housing and Urban Development projects in an attempt to address the issue. However, it’s becoming increasingly clear that federal intervention may be necessary.
This week, multiple Trump administration officials toured California in hopes of addressing the problem, particularly in large cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. The delegation was lead by White House domestic policy assistant Ben Hobbs, and included officials from multiple departments. It was meant to scope out areas most impacted by the crisis, so the administration can eventually co-op a tenable solution.
In the meantime, the White House has said it’s considering a wide range of options in combating the epidemic.