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The mayors of California’s thirteen largest cities banded together last week to request an astonishing $20 billion in funding to fight the state’s ongoing homelessness crisis.  

The Golden State has the highest population of homelessness in the U.S., recording nearly 250,000 people living on the streets in 2020, and amounting to 25% of the nation’s unhoused residents, or what Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti calls “the biggest crisis in California.”

“With the right resources and with the help of our state, we can solve the homelessness crisis in L.A. and other major cities,” he tweeted. “The @CABigCityMayors are calling on state leaders to provide $4 billion in investment per year for our most vulnerable neighbors + build on our progress.”

In 2020, a record number of 32,000 people received homelessness prevention assistance. 41% of those served were disabled, 22% were minors, and 17% experienced domestic abuse according to the state’s Homelessness Data Integration System.   

“We’re not coming in empty hats in hand, we’re coming with hard hats on and pockets already full of investments,” Garcetti continued. The twelve Democrats and lone Republican mayor know where the money will come from, the state budget reportedly has a $15-20 billion surplus, and $26 billion left over from the federal American Rescue Plan.

“This commitment would be bold,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Prior to this pandemic the state had never spent more than a billion dollars homelessness, in fact nothing even close to that. But we stand together to say ‘we need to treat homelessness like the crisis that it is.”

The lawmakers say the plan would increase the probability of ending homelessness by investing $4 billion a year, over a five-year period, into long-term planning for housing and the supportive services.  

“$20 billion is an appropriate large investment in California’s largest problem. It is something that we know our residents want, to see that we are actually going to bend the curve,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf commented. “It’s going to take that repeated commitment of state, federal and local leadership to get the job done,” said San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.

The State Assembly and Senate have already put together budget plans that allocate $20 billion to battle the homelessness crisis, but with cities already unable to stop the continuously worsening issue, will the money be well spent? 

San Francisco had an $852 million dollar budget 2020-21 budget to deal with their 8,000 homeless and have managed little more than burning an average of $272 on nightly hotel rooms per person, and costing taxpayers $16.1 million to house 300 people in six “Safe Sleeping” tent villages.  

Garcetti promised to spend a billion dollars to get more than 66,000 people off the streets of L.A. county, but appealed a judge’s order to find shelter for all the women and children of homeless mecca Skid Row within 90 days and to put the billion dollars he allocated into an account.  

“Putting a billion dollars in escrow that doesn’t exist doesn’t seem possible,” Garcetti said in response to the ruling.  


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de52
de52
4 months ago

Calif mayors created these problems with their “woke” anti-police and sanctuary policies, so it’s their bill to pay, not the rest of the country. Keep their grubby mitts out of our cookie jar!

Kim Andrew
Kim Andrew
4 months ago
Reply to  de52

socialism only spends all the people’s money and never solves any of the problems.

Albert J Hess
Albert J Hess
4 months ago
Reply to  de52

Not anti-police, anti Derrick Chauvin policeman.

Maggie May
Maggie May
4 months ago
Reply to  Albert J Hess

Unfortunately the ‘woke’ think ALL police are Derrick Chauvin-istic.

Albert J Hess
Albert J Hess
4 months ago
Reply to  Maggie May

The woke think it is less than twenty percent scumbags, about the same as the general population.

Dan
Dan
4 months ago

California’s dumbocrap politicians have plenty. SIEZE THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS.

LANCE S WILLIAMS
LANCE S WILLIAMS
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan

Nancy Pelosi got more than 28 millions dollars, why does she help them? Oh no, she need her money to get her hair done.

Albert J Hess
Albert J Hess
4 months ago

How much of your money have you given away?

CMWRF
CMWRF
4 months ago
Reply to  Albert J Hess

Why should ANYONE give their money away, and who do you think you are to imply others should give money away?….answer:NOBODY. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON FOR ANY AMERICAN TO BE HOMELESS-IT IS 100% THEIR CHOICE TO BE HOMELESS….just because people make pass poor choices in life does NOT mean that others should pay for them…

Albert J Hess
Albert J Hess
4 months ago
Reply to  CMWRF

Lance thinks that Pelosi should give her money away, do you?

Homeless is not a choice. Think a 7month pregnant woman whose impregnator starts beating her because she is fat. What choice does she have?

If you had ever volunteered in a homeless shelter you would know that they are not their by choice. My small city’s homeless shelter usually has about 20% honorably discharged Veterans, do you really think that they are there by choice? If so firmly latch your lips onto Trump’s butthole, you are his kind of boy.

I don’t use National Parks, why should I have to pay for them.

Are you what they call a Compassionate Conservative?

CMWRF
CMWRF
4 months ago
Reply to  Albert J Hess

Pelosi wants to force all Americans to foot the bill for them-and has made MILLIONS$ from the government…thats why the commenter said what he did. HOMELESSNESS IS A CHOICE!! EVERY able bodied person CAN work and have money to pay for ALL life’s necessities-disabled people have AMPLE government help…people now a days budget their money foolishly and refuse to grow their own food…the government has spoiled people so much they refuse to be self-responsible-veterens or not. Pregnant women CAN work, also-I know this for a fact…I literally worked up to hrs before I went into labor for my kids.. TRASH like YOU are the reason America is in severe decline-you want to force government to pay for everything instead of making people hit rock bottom to learn to be responsible for themselves….anyone you disagree with, you start calling names and put down. As far as National Parks, the government should start selling the land after they are forced to budget tax payer money-this is a whole different topic that there is not enough room here to tell about, as I have watched my community ruined by recent land purchases by the federal government. And, lastly, I believe in helping people NOT BY GIVING THEM MONEY but by making them realize their actions are what is the BEST help they can ever get, thus making them responsible for their own actions.

Charlie
Charlie
4 months ago
Reply to  Albert J Hess

Aww, you poor ignorant nitwit. You and the other losers like you are the problem.

Albert J Hess
Albert J Hess
4 months ago
Reply to  Charlie

I did not vote for a loser, you did.

Maggie May
Maggie May
4 months ago

And ice cream! Don’t forget the ice cream!!!

Debra
Debra
4 months ago
Reply to  Maggie May

But only gourmet….you know, the GOOD stuff. Not cheapie dollar stuff

Albert J Hess
Albert J Hess
4 months ago
Reply to  Debra

You are way out of her league,do you enjoy being poor?

Linda
Linda
4 months ago
Reply to  Maggie May

Pelosi had no shame about bragging about her expensive freezers full of expensive ice creams. Never saw her say a word about sharing them with the homeless she and her party created.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
4 months ago

LISTEN UP…The UNITED STATES Needs HOMELESS Shelters and SOUP KITCHENS. I PRESENTED it to PREZ TRUMP. HE LIKED MY IDEA. HE Knew it Would Take ALOT of TEAMWORK. I am GLAD GOVERNORS are Making an EFFORT. Some PEOPLE Cannot AFFORD a Pair of SHOES…a HAIRCUT etcetc GOD Takes NOTICE of GOOD DEEDS. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

Albert J Hess
Albert J Hess
4 months ago

What did XpresidentRump do with your with your idea? Does he know your name?

Chainlink700rt
Chainlink700rt
4 months ago

Can’t you see though that what the democrats have used for decades gets repeated over and over again. It doesn’t work, but there they go again instead of the heart of the problem they want to raise taxes AGAIN,
A jobs creation is the right direction instead of a soup kitchen that will keep them from working.

Albert J Hess
Albert J Hess
4 months ago
Reply to  Chainlink700rt

Did Trump reduce the homeless population?