The Trump administration has decided to take action on the homeless crisis in the Democratic state of California.
Two officials from the White House and the Department of Housing and Urban Development traveled to California Tuesday, Sept. 10, to meet with city leaders in Los Angeles and other urban centers, according to The Washington Post.
Officials told the Post that President Trump ordered White House officials to undertake a radical effort to address homelessness in California and that he is directly involved in the initiative.
Measures being considered include tearing down existing camps, and creating new temporary facilities instead, and the renovation of existing ones.
In line with the executive order the president signed in June, work will be done to reduce regulatory barriers that the White House believes increase the cost of building new homes and limit supply.
They also mentioned the need to solve the sewerage problem that is causing serious disease risks.
“Like many Americans, the president has taken notice of the homelessness crisis, particularly in cities and states where the liberal policies are combining to dramatically increase poverty and public health risks,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said, according to the Post.
“President Trump has directed his team to go further and develop a range of policy options for consideration to deal with this tragedy,” he added.
The crisis of homelessness has skyrocketed in the last year in California and the number of families sleeping on the streets in several cities has increased by 25% said David Garcia, policy director for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California at Berkeley, according to the Post.
In Los Angeles County alone, there are about 53,000 homeless people, including about 1,000 registered sex offenders, according to Fox News.
A third of them have mental problems and another third have drug addiction problems.
“Take a look at what’s going on with San Francisco, it’s terrible. … So we’re looking at it very seriously. We may intercede. We may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up. It’s inappropriate,” President Trump told Tucker Carlson in July.
“Now, we have to take the people and do something. We have to do something,” he added.
California authorities have had a strict ‘sanctuary state’ policy since 2014, which means they prohibit public employees, including police, from collaborating with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).
The lack of control of illegal immigration and the increase in criminality have created an unsustainable situation that more and more citizens are denouncing.
Recently the video of a young entrepreneur who had to move her business from downtown Sacramento due to the problems arising from this crisis went viral.
“I won’t stop, the governor of California and his liberal ideology ruined my business (…) I decided to close the doors today. I can’t do it anymore, and I’m irate,” says the woman to California state Democratic Governor Gavin Newson in her recording.
Gavin Newson, referring to President Trump’s initiative, said, “If the president is willing to put serious solutions, with real investment on the table, California stands ready to talk,” reported the Post.