San Francisco is apparently trying to combat the homeless crisis even though its policies are not working, this time it has invested a fortune, $16 million to help just 300 people—setting up tents and giving them food.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, authorities are paying $16.1 million to house homeless people in 262 tents located in empty city lots, where they also receive services and food, a hefty price tag that amounts to more than $61,000 per tent per year.
Because of the pandemic, authorities undertook a project called “safe sleeping villages” to get people off the streets and in places where they have access to toilets, meals, and 24-hour security.
The annual cost of renting a room in a hotel in the city is 2.5 times cheaper than what is being paid in the “safe sleeping villages,” according to SFC.
While housing homeless people in hotel rooms costs the municipality 21 million a year, these costs are reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in contrast tent fees are not eligible for reimbursement.
The city spends $300 million a year in its efforts to combat this crisis, but the number of people on the streets has increased 31% in the past decade, and on top of all this, San Francisco has a projected $650 million deficit in its annual budget for the next two years.
Permissive Democrats policies are another factor exacerbating the crisis
San Francisco is one of the sanctuary cities—a term that refers to places where authorities refuse to deport illegal aliens even when they have criminal records and have committed crimes in the country.
While some reports deny it, many illegal aliens without resources seek to reside in these cities because of the protection offered by the Democrats with their permissive policies (perhaps in search of their votes) and this is probably a contributing factor to the number of people living on the streets receiving “free” food and services. Other cities in California and in New York are also sanctuary cities.
One of former President Donald Trump’s promises was to combat illegal immigration. Trump signed an executive order to withhold federal funding for law enforcement in sanctuary cities until they agreed to cooperate with immigration agencies to prevent criminal illegal aliens from being let loose on the streets.
Trump’s order was challenged by Democrats in these cities and the case went to the Supreme Court.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court did not get to review the case during Trump’s tenure and on March 5, it was learned that the Justice Department asked the justices to dismiss it because Joe Biden, an open borders lover, reversed the former president’s order.
Whether or not Trump was right to withhold funds from these cities, the Supreme Court should have clearly ruled: illegal immigration, is illegal, and all states have to abide by this regardless of their political view.