Homelessness is a serious issue that impacts millions of American citizens.
It’s most rampant in many of our nation’s liberal cities, where Democrats implement short-sighted policies that only make problems worse — and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has had enough.
Carson put California Democrats on notice with a penned response to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday. Newsom, a Democrat, begged the White House for even more federal dollars to fix t his state’s homeless crisis.
Newsom asked for 50,000 more Housing Choice Vouchers, so his state’s homeless could stay for free in a hotel or motel.
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But not so fast, Carson wrote. He told Democrats that they’re going to have to do some real work before that happens.
Simply put, liberals haven’t done a single productive thing themselves to fix the issues. In fact, they continue to make the problem worse, Carson said. No different than a panhandler, the Democrats want a handout.
Carson wrote that the issues California faces are a product of the state’s legislation. The state leaders are causing their own destruction, and the federal government won’t bail them out until they start to help their own citizens.
“California’s unsheltered homelessness population has skyrocketed as a result of the State’s overregulated housing market, its inefficient allocation of resources, and its policies that have weakened law enforcement,” Carson wrote.
Carson pointed out that throwing more taxpayer money at the problem won’t work.
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He wrote that the city of Los Angeles accounts for nearly 20 percent of America’s unsheltered homeless — a terrifying statistic.Carson says the blame squarely on liberal policies for letting the situation get out of control.
Democrats love sanctuary cities, but Carson says that illegal aliens are doing nothing but “increasing housing demands and draining resources.”
“These policies strain precious resources and reduce housing options for American citizens, especially the needy and those most likely to become homeless,” he wrote.
“The Trump Administration is doing its part,” he continued. “California needs to address the obvious local issues within its control to help address these issues.”
The Horn editorial team