California sees larger increase in homelessness than any other state since 2016



By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views

Jerry Brown crows about a $9 billion budget surplus, a $16 billion rainy day fund—but still approves a $60 million increased tax on cell phones.  We have the highest poverty rate in the nation—and with 12 million people, the highest number of people living in poverty in the nation.  With all the prosperity that Jerry Brown is pounding his chest about—2017 saw the largest increase in homelessness in the whole nation.

Could it be the increase in minimum wage cost those on the low end jobs?  Might it be the high taxes cost those on the low end jobs and ability to pay for needed goods?  Could it be the high cost of housing, caused by government mandates and policies, is the reason so many more are homeless?  Government is the cause—NOT the solution.

“While it’s tough to say precisely how many Californians are experiencing homelessness, the federal Housing and Urban Development Department estimates the number statewide at 130,000 on a given night. That’s 25 percent of the entire nation’s homeless population.

Since 2016, California experienced a larger increase in homelessness than any other state.

“Our state has more than 1.7 million low-income households spending more than half their income in housing costs,” said Ben Metcalf, the director of the state Department of Housing and Community Development. “When you’re paying that much for housing, with so little left over, even a minor shock can start a cycle of homelessness.”

California has the highest percentage of unsheltered homeless individuals in the country, at slightly under 70 percent. This means that the vast majority of the state’s homeless population does not utilize temporary living arrangements provided by either charitable organizations or government programs. Rather, they have been found living on the streets, parks, or other places not meant for human habitation.”

Could it be that government is just as responsible for homeless as drugs, alcohol and mental problems—could it be the most responsible?  What do you think?

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Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant.

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