“In California, we are using every tool in our toolbox – including the largest-ever deployment of small homes in the state – to move people out of encampments and into housing,” Gov. Newsom said, while announcing his administration will be supplying 1,200 tiny homes statewide, including 500 for Los Angeles, 200 for San Jose and 150 for San Diego County.
This article was written by Katy Grimes and originally published the California Globe.
California has more than 170,000 homeless transients living on the streets, and the governor and Mayors are all excited about 1,200 tiny homes.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced Thursday the state will purchase and install 350 tiny homes in Sacramento “as part of a statewide push to assist California communities in addressing the crisis of unsheltered homelessness.”
They most certainly are not “using every tool in our toolbox,” as long as they pretend that housing is the root of the homeless crisis. If housing was the problem, more families would be on the street instead of individual mentally ill, drug addicted, and criminal “homeless.”
We know this because the governor and Democrats have tried to control the language, rather than solve the crisis.
The “unhoused,” as the governor and Democrats prefer to call them, versus transients, drug addicts, newly-released criminals, make up the 170,000 persons living on California streets, along rivers, in public parks and in front of businesses.
The actual housing crisis is a real issue for California’s younger population who can’t afford to purchase their first home in the state in which they were raised.
“The crisis of homelessness will never be solved without first solving the crisis of housing – the two issues are inextricably linked,” Gov. Newsom said. “We are tackling this issue at the root of the problem by addressing the need to create more housing, faster in California.”
Last month the Globe reported Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced 60 brand new travel trailers (RV quality) for Sacramento’s Homeless drug-addicted transients to live in. These are located in Sacramento’s former public park, Miller Park.
The Mayor and city gave the public park on the Sacramento River, next to a boat ramp, away to the homeless transients, first filled with tents. The homeless have rendered the once lovely park unsafe, noxious, toxic and unusable for the city residents who pay taxes to sustain it.
So far, nothing the Mayor has done has made an appreciable difference in Sacramento’s homeless population, except to help grow it – again, because of the pretend “housing first” focus.
California has spent more than $20 BILLION over the last five years on the homelessness only to see the homeless population in California explode to more than 172,000, as the Globe has reported for many years.
Announced on Thursday, Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa) and California Legislative Republicans, pushed for and just got approved by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, an audit on the $20+ billions of dollars the Newsom administration (and Gov. Jerry Brown before him) has spent on the homeless crisis. More on that later.
Meanwhile, Mayor Steinberg called the 350 tiny homes for Sacramento “a Godsend.”