The Democratic governor of California Gavin Newsom admitted that the state’s housing shortage problem that he has managed for the past eight years is “an embarrassment.”
The number of homeless people in the state increased by 16.4% over the past year, bringing the national total to 2.7%, despite a decrease in the housing deficit in all other states, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), cited by NBC News.
“It is an embarrassment, it is unacceptable. And we’ve got to own it, we’ve got to own up and solve it,” Newsom told Breitbart News, referring to the problem of homelessness in his state, which he has governed since 2011.
According to some experts, this problem is aggravated by the incidence of mental illness, drug addiction, and other factors.
Likewise, experts believe that providing free or affordable housing, by itself, would not solve it, contradicting Newsom, who blames the Trump administration for not increasing funds to solve the crisis.
Tomi Lauren, a conservative anchorwoman, harshly criticized Newson.
“Take responsibility, Gavin. That’s your state and you and your Democratic cohort created this mess,” Lauren said in a tweet.
“You can’t blame @realDonald Trump forever. Step away from the hair gel and get to work!!!,” she added.
President Donald Trump supported Lauren’s statement in another tweet.
“Governor Gavin N has done a really bad job on taking care of the homeless population in California. If he can’t fix the problem, the Federal Govt. will get involved!,” wrote President Trump.
“Almost half of all unsheltered homeless people in the United States are in California,” U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said in a statement earlier.
Carson was responding to Newsom and Sacramento Democratic Mayor Darrell Steinberg, among others, who called for more funding to combat the crisis.
California has the largest homeless population in the country, with 129,972 people living on the streets by 2018.
Likewise, the U.S. Department of Education estimated that during the 2016-2017 school year, 246,296 public school students were homeless.
California is a state known for implementing progressive policies such as the sanctuary law or bills that expand “red flag” laws.