Gavin Newsom is spending tens of millions of tax dollars on 1200 tiny homes for the homeless
Do you all remember that reality TV show about people who voluntarily moved into tiny, 500 sq. ft homes - so basically a glorified van? Because it was "trendy." It was like the newest hippie thing to do.
Well, apparently, Gavin Newsom saw that show too. And thought it would be perfect for the ever-growing homeless population of his state. He's enlisting the National Guard to "deploy" 1200 tiny homes to homeless people. For 30 million dollars.
I had no idea the National Guard just has an arsenal of tiny home building materials to be deployed at their discretion. Though this will only house about 1% of the homeless population in California. For 30. Million. Dollars.
The tiny homes will be deployed to Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Sacramento will get 350 tiny homes, San Jose will get 200, San Diego, 150; and Los Angeles will get a whopping 500. The executive director for the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness, Bob Erlenbusch, acknowleged how little this will actually do to combat homelessness in his city: “I wish that elected officials, not only the governor but up and down the state, would have a broader perspective in terms of trying to approach our homeless crisis and affordable housing crisis with a sense of scale rather than a 10% solution."
So this is clearly not a great solution. If it can even be called a solution. But this brings me to one of my less popular opinions: a country as wealthy as America shouldn't have homeless people. At the very least, not at the current level. Homelessness is a sign of a systemic failure of society and individualism run amuck. We should live in communities where we care about our neighbors - but most people don't have communities anymore. Plus, the cities with the worst homelessness problems also tend to have the most lax drug and crime policies, which contribute to and perpetuate the homelessness problem. So you see where I'm going with this. Sorry, Libertarians.
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