First they came for immigrants including children and then they came for....
Let me guess... he’ll award a contract to one of his donors to house the homeless in a tent city and pay them $750 per person.. rather than using those billions of dollars to actually help the homeless
—(@BookDesigner321) September 11, 2019
Following reports that President Donald Trump is pushing for a "major crackdown" on homelessness in California that could include destroying existing encampments and moving homeless people into government-backed facilities, state lawmakers and progressive housing advocates said the administration's proposed steps are cruel, politically motivated, and would do nothing to address the very real crisis Trump has exacerbated.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Trump ordered White House officials to begin work on a "sweeping effort" to address the homelessness crisis in California. As part of the new initiative, Trump administration officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Justice Department visited California this week for meetings and tours.
"Among the ideas under consideration are razing existing tent camps for the homeless, creating new temporary facilities, and refurbishing existing government facilities," the Post reported, citing officials familiar with the effort.
Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, said the early stages of Trump's effort, as well as his past policy moves, demonstrate that the White House is "clearly not acting in good faith to end homelessness."
"They've proposed drastically shrinking or eliminating federal programs that keep the lowest-income people affordably housed; tripling rents for the lowest-income subsidized residents and raising rents for all others; evicting 100,000 people, including 55,000 American children, from subsidized housing; and allowing homeless shelters to discriminate and refuse shelter to transgender and other LGBTQ people," said Yentel.
"The president has no interest in hearing from actual policy experts. He's just playing to his base," tweeted Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.). "We need to increase Section 8 vouchers + the Housing Tax Credit to expand access to affordable housing."
There are lots of solutions for helping homeless people and the easiest two things I can think of is to drastically increase the budget for HUD and to strip the rule that no one with a felony can be qualified for the programs. This rule was included in Clinton's welfare reform and it punishes people who have already completed their prison sentences for the crimes they committed.
But what Trump wants to do is shovel more money to his friends in the prison and detention centers industrial complex. Realtors want to roll back regulations that stop them from making huge profits. We have so many absent slumlords who bought up foreclosed houses after the housing crisis when Obama gave Blackstone huge insensitive to buy homes for pennies on the dollar. Why? He said he wanted to kick start getting foreclosed homes off the books. Sure, Barry, I believe that.
How many people are homeless in California? Look at how many are in just Santa Ana alone.
A recent report from Kaiser Health News shows us the real state of life in America for thousands of people who have not benefited from the selective economic recovery since the Great Recession.
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Yep, there’s no money for programs that help the poor, but plenty of money for private prison contractors.
Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Poverty is a weapon of hate. The correlations between hate and poverty are well documented in the Happiness Report