California Governor Gavin Newsom declared on Monday that the state has a responsibility to accommodate homeless people from all across the country. That's kind of funny considering they can hardly accommodate people who already live in the state as it is.
He signed what his office is describing as “the largest funding and reform package for housing and homelessness” in California's history and directed $12 billion into focusing on “behavioral health housing and solutions to tent encampments.”
Tune in now to hear about our $12 billion plan to tackle the homeless crisis head on. https://t.co/Dn7hAD5eaD
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 19, 2021
ABC 7 reports, “The governor was in Sonoma County Monday addressing the homelessness crisis and was asked whether all the money the state is spending could be a magnet for the unhoused to come to California.”
Newsom said, “To the extent people want to come here for new beginnings and all income levels, that’s part of the California dream and we have a responsibility to accommodate and enliven and inspire and the California dream is still alive and well.”
.@GavinNewsom asked if homelessness $ could be a "magnet" for the unhoused:
“To the extent that new people want to come here from all income levels, that’s part of the California dream”
— Jeremy B. White (@JeremyBWhite) July 19, 2021
Despite Newsom's statements, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has been urging the growing amount of homeless people “to pack up your bags and head back to the state you came from.”
“We’re coming across a large number of people out-of-state that are descending on (Venice Beach) just to enjoy the free services and the weather, and basically, really screw up the community for the Venice residents and the tourism industry,” he stated last month.
Villanueva went on to claim some homeless people are lured to L.A. County “because they think everyone here is a fool and they’re giving away free condos.”
“We’re coming for you,” Villanueva said on an Instagram Live broadcast. “You do not belong here in L.A. County. All you’re doing is harming the economy of L.A., you’re harming the communities, and you’re harming the people that can least afford to have an extra burden on them, which is more homeless competing for a limited amount of resources.”
According to Gov. Newsom’s office, the package he signed on Monday “includes $10.3 billion for affordable housing and $12 billion over two years towards tackling the homelessness crisis head-on – helping tens of thousands of people off the streets while also demanding greater accountability and more urgency from local governments.”
“I don’t think homelessness can be solved – I know homelessness can be solved,” Newsom declared. “We are going all-in with innovative solutions that we know work – with a focus on creating housing to support people with severe mental health challenges, and with more money than ever to move people out of encampments and into safer situations.”
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