California Politicians Throw Money at Homeless Issue but Haven’t Solved It

California’s war on homelessness is going on, as is the national war on poverty. Poverty won the latter conflict, and the homeless are winning in the formerly Golden State.

Defeat won’t stop California and its nonsensical voters from throwing more money at the problem created by the left.

Read on for some of the past homelessness remedies that California has proposed. Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom announced with a completely straight face that “Doctors should be able to write prescriptions for housing the same way they do for insulin and antibiotics.”

Huh?

According to the Daily Caller, Newsom explains his shocking proposal as follows: “Healthcare and housing can no longer be divorced. After all, what’s more fundamental to a person’s well-being than a roof over their head?”

What remains unclear is where the homeless individual would go to get his prescription for a ranch-style, two-bedroom apartment since Walmart isn’t in the business of building.

Los Angeles deep-thinkers thought taking fecal matter off the sidewalks and putting “Port-a-Potties” lining the streets would do the trick. If that were the case, operating wouldn’t be so expensive.

As pointed out by the Los Angeles Times, “A big part of the cost for bathrooms is staffing: To prevent portable toilets from being trashed or taken over for illicit activity, such restrooms are monitored by trained attendants for 12 hours a day at a cost of more than $117,000 annually,” according to city officials. “Adding administration, toilet rental, and other costs brings the price to roughly $339,000.”

That doesn’t sound like the kind of grateful response to a taxpayer gift one would expect would come from a group of individuals filled with gratitude or dignity. 

Voters in Los Angeles are repeat offenders. 

Apparently unaware of the adage that if you continue to subsidize something, you will end up with more of it, LA voters approved Measure H, which levied a quarter-cent homeless sales tax.

This isn’t a tax on the homeless unless they’re shopping somewhere; it is a sales tax on everyone else for the support of the homeless.

A quarter-cent tax might not sound like a lot of money; however, when applied to an economy as large as Los Angeles, it’s significant. 

The tax is predicted to generate $355 million over the first year it’s in effect.

That’s a substantial amount of money. But what will happen to the money?

According to KTLA, “California voters have passed a measure that will impose strict requirements on counties to spend on housing and drug treatment programs to tackle the state’s homelessness crisis. Proposition 1 marks the first update to the state’s mental health system in 20 years and a win for Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, who spent significant time and money campaigning on the measure’s behalf. He raised more than $13 million to promote it with the support of law enforcement, first responders, hospitals, and mayors of major cities.”

Oddly enough, this isn’t an additional tax layered on top of all other homeless programs and taxes.

However, “the measure gives the state greater control over voter-approved tax enacted in 2004 on millionaires for mental health services that gave counties wide latitude in how to spend it. Counties will now be required to spend about two-thirds of the money on housing and programs for homeless people with serious mental illnesses or substance abuse problems,” said KTLA.

This is positive news for the homeless industrial complex.

Government employees, social workers, developers, builders, architects, counselors, campaign contributors, non-profits, poop-scoopers, academics, and even goods manufacturers are profiting from the current situation.

With this vote, they will continue profiting. This is who benefits from homeless spending. 

Much of it is cronyism for the left.

This redirected money will be funneled into California’s botto mless pit of homeless spending. Additionally, KTLA reports, “Newsom’s administration has already spent at least $22 billion on various programs to address the crisis, including $3.5 billion to convert rundown motels into homeless housing. California is also giving out $2 billion in grants to build more treatment facilities.”

What does this spending do? Well…it attracts homeless individuals to California.

One-third of the nation’s homeless population lives in the formerly Golden State. That’s around 181,000 urban homeless individuals. These are not folks in the middle class forced out on the street by malevolent capitalists, as the legacy media would want you to believe.

The majority of homeless in California are mentally ill, criminals, drug addicts, and people opposed to any order or rules.

Until politicians in California gather the courage to force the mentally ill into treatment centers and drug addicts into rehab programs and arrest the homeless who are criminals, the issue with the homeless will not be solved — despite how much money is thrown at the problem, hoping something sticks.