Dr. Ben Carson visited California to discuss funding assistance for the homeless, but Governor Newsome and his fellow local officials found themselves disappointed in the wake of the decision handed down by Dr. Carson and the Trump administration.
At the same time that President Donald Trump and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson are promising federal action to intervene in homelessness in California, they’re rejecting requests from local officials for help and escalating the blame game between the federal government and the state.
California Gov. Newsom and local leaders. including mayors of the state’s 13 largest cities. wrote to Trump this week to ask for more federal funds to expand programs like housing vouchers that help people get off the street into stable living situations.
“We can all agree that homelessness is a national crisis decades in the making that demands action at every level of government – local, state, and federal. In California, state and local governments have ramped up action to lift families out of poverty by investing in behavioral health, affordable housing, and other homeless programs,” they wrote. “In contrast, your Administration has proposed significant cuts to public housing and programs like the Community Development Block Grant.”
The Trump administration has rejected that request.
“Your letter seeks federal dollars for California from hardworking American taxpayers but fails to admin that your State and local policies have played a major role in the current crisis,” Sec. Carson wrote in a letter responding to the leaders.
“If California’s homeless population had held in line with overall population trends, America’s homeless rate would have decreased. Instead, the opposite has happened, as California’s unsheltered homelessness population has skyrocketed as a result of the State’s over-regulated housing market, its inefficient allocation of resources, and its policies that have weakened law enforcement.”
Dr. Carson’s letter also said that California’s sanctuary policies have “undercut the ability of police officers to enforce quality-of-life laws, remove encampments, and connect our most vulnerable populations with supportive services they need.”
He closed the letter with the comments: “illegal and inadmissible aliens are increasing housing demand and draining resources. The Trump administration is doing its part. California needs to address the obvious local issues within its control to help address this catastrophe. When California has shown that it is willing to make hard and thoughtful choices to address these issues, the Trump Administration stands ready to support its efforts.”