May 26, 2023

California Taxpayers on the Hook for Billions for Homeless Services

Taxpayers in California are shelling out billions of dollars to provide services for homeless individuals in the state.

The homeless crisis continues to spiral out of control and so is the spending to address it, according to a new Fox News report.

In March, California announced "the release of $1 billion in Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) Round 4 funding to support communities across the state stepping up their work to reduce homelessness."

"Last year, Governor Newsom paused this funding to local governments and demanded greater ambition when they collectively proposed only a 2 percent reduction in unsheltered homelessness. Local governments have since revised their homelessness plans, now targeting a 15 percent reduction in homelessness statewide by 2025," Gov. Gavin Newsom's office reported.

That spending is part of $20 billion spent in the past five years on homeless services in the state, according to the Fox News report.

Despite the massive spending, the homeless problem in the state appears to be growing worse, with numbers continuing to spike regardless of the new funding.

Part of the concern is seen in the number of growing encampments set up on public land or on land owned by private individuals which have become a problem in the state's communities.

The problem adds to other issues faced by Newsom, including a record budget deficit in the state.

He also faces loud calls to agree to reparations plans pushed by a state committee that could give more than a million dollars to each black resident in the state if approved.

The growing homeless concern and other issues in California continue to point out the consequences of its liberal government and the need for reform to truly address the situation.

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