Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced some of the steps that President Trump is taking to help cities that are struggling with an increase of homeless residents.
Carson stated in an interview on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” that President Trump is focused on “both short term and long term solutions.” The plans involve multiple steps and will be supplemental to the efforts of local government.
Fox News reported on the announcement.
“We have to actually get the people out of there. Put them in a clean place,” Carson said.
“Then the second step is, you know, we have to find a more permanent solution for them. There are some public buildings in the area that can be repurposed for housing. But in the process of doing that, we’re also looking at wraparound services so that we can get these people out of dependency.”
Carson said “compassion” is a motivating factor for this federal intervention.
“But as a compassionate society, it is something that we have to do. Something about we can’t just talk about it. Should it be the responsibility of the federal government? No,” Carson said.
“These are local problems and the things that work best are when the local authorities take appropriate attention to these problems and then the federal government can help them. The state government can help them.”
The homeless epidemic is suffocating many major cities, and it is more than just providing free homes for people. Drug dependency and mental health anchor people into cycles of poor decisions and self-sabotage. Carson hopes that the combination of local and federal government will be enough to provide enough protection for the people currently experiencing homelessness to get the help they need and to be able to maintain a happy and healthy home.