After it turned out that forcing hotels to take in the indigent didn’t work out so great, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s got a new plan to deal with rampant homelessness: by blaming the problem on "income inequality," then redistributing millions in taxpayer cash to build hundreds of “tiny homes” for those living on the street.
If the state has anything left over after paying reparations and helping out all the illegal aliens, that is.
The Golden State will fork out about $30 million to build 1,200 small homes in several cities across the state this year, according to a new plan Newsom announced Thursday. The teeny structures, some of which are only about 120 square feet, will supposedly take the place of the lean-to and tented homeless camps that have set up shop along highways and beneath underpasses all over California, where a full third of America’s homeless population lives, per Fox News.
In a boilerplate liberal speech Thursday, Newsom blamed "wealth and income inequality" - not mental health, drug addiction, or the leftwing policies that fuel poverty and crime - for why so many of his state's residents have found themselves sleeping under bridges and on park benches.
Gavin Newsom’s new plan to solve California’s homeless epidemic is to spend more than $15 billion over the next two years by addressing not mental health, not addiction, but the wealth and income inequity that creates homelessness… pic.twitter.com/H4FOWSSUXb— Kevin Dalton (@TheKevinDalton) March 16, 2023
The plan is for the state to build 350 tiny homes in Sacramento, 500 in L.A., 200 in San Jose, and 150 in San Diego. While the state will foot the bill for the original setup, the cities will be required to maintain them moving forward. The structures will largely serve as basic shelters from the elements - they’ll have electricity, but not running water or cooking appliances.
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Even at a total of $30 million (and that's if the plan goes off without a hitch), these little houses are expected to help only a small fraction of those living on California's streets. The executive director of the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness told the Associated Press that the plan will cover only about 10% of his city's homeless population, for instance.
No word yet on how exactly Newsom plans to get his state’s homeless - many of whom are mentally and physically ill - to actually move into the tiny homes, or how long they’ll be allowed to stay.
But hey! As long as we throw more taxpayer cash at it, maybe the crisis will eventually just go away.