President Donald Trump strongly criticized California’s governor for the state’s housing crisis. He said that Gavin Newsom is doing “a really bad job on taking care of the homeless population in California.”
On Wednesday, Dec. 25, the president reacted to a tweet from conservative TV host Tomi Lauren who had referred to an interview Newsom gave in the press room of the last Democratic debate in which the Democratic leader pointed to President Trump for the lack of housing in California.
“Take accountability, Gavin. This is your state and you and your democratic cohorts created this mess,” Lauren said in her tweet.
“You can’t blame @realDonaldTrump forever. Step away from the hair gel and get to work!” she added.
President Trump reacted to Lauren’s comment by noting that Gov. Newsom “has done a really bad job on taking care of the homeless population in California. “
He also noted, “If he can’t fix the problem, the Federal Govt. will get involved!”
California has the largest homeless population in the country, with 129,972 people living on the streets by 2018.
In Los Angeles, the homeless population has increased by 75 percent in the past six years, according to the Daily Mail.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Education estimated that during the 2016-2017 school year, 246,296 public school students became homeless.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson warned in September that the homelessness crisis plaguing the state is steadily increasing, and local authorities are responsible for the fact that so many people are living on the streets.
Carson issued a statement on behalf of President Donald J. Trump urging local Democratic leaders to change their policies.
“About half of the homeless and unsheltered people in the United States are in California,” Carson said in response to Democratic Gov. Newsom and Democratic Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, among others, who have been calling for more funding to combat the crisis.
In their letter they ask for more “federal dollars” for California from the hardworking American taxpayer but “fail to admit that their state and local policies have played a major role in creating the current crisis,” Carson said.
Carson said the rate of homelessness in California has skyrocketed compared to other states because of an “over-regulated housing market, its inefficient allocation of resources, and its policies that have weakened law enforcement.”
“Excessive regulation of the housing market leads to increased costs and increased indigence rates,” he described, specifying, “High housing costs in California have pushed the average HUD [Department of Housing and Urban Development] rent subsidy 38% above the national average,” causing U.S. taxpayer money to “help fewer families,” he continued.
“To reduce this crisis, California must reduce its regulatory burdens on housing,” he said, citing the report of the Council of Economic Advisors.
At this point, he recalled that President Trump had signed an executive order establishing the White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing to work with states and local leaders to “identify strategies and policies that reduce these housing barriers.”
In addition to the inadequate regulation of the housing market, the authorities have limited the action of the police.
“[California] undermined the ability of police officers to enforce quality of life laws, eliminate camps, and connect our most vulnerable populations with the support services they need to get off the streets,” Carson added in the same statement.
On the other hand, mental health problems are serious, as California has reduced hospital beds for the treatment of acute psychiatric disorders by 30 percent since 1995.
Similarly, drug addiction and immigration problems are contributing to the increase in homelessness in the state.
Watch this video for further background on the homeless in California.
Some scenes of the problems
Steve Sylvester, an antique store owner, recounted one of the typical scenes of the impact of the homeless on his store when one of them came in naked and when invited out so as not to disturb the customers broke porcelain worth about $400.
The San Francisco mayor said, “There is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here,” referring to the 25,084 cases of human and animal waste cleaned up by officials in the first 10 months of the year.
It is estimated that there are more than 7,500 homeless people in the city without access to public toilets and other basic resources, which leads to the accumulation on the streets of copious amounts of needles for drugs, garbage, and human feces.
While Carson has already announced that the Trump administration will spend billions of dollars on housing programs to end homelessness in California, he also stressed in an interview that it is not just a matter of “throwing money at the problem,” but that local authorities, starting with Gov. Newsom, must change their policies.