Wasted spending on California’s homeless vagrant population has only exacerbated the problem.

The safe area of ​​Miller Park with illegal campgrounds for the homeless. (Photo: Art Taylor for the California Globe)

Even though nearly $23 billion has been spent on homeless housing in California, the number of homeless people in California continues to rise. According to the California Public Policy Institute, “Nationally, California has topped the list of states with the highest number of homeless people for more than a decade. As of 2022, 30% of all homeless people in the United States lived in California, including half of all homeless people (115,491 people in California; 233,832 people in the US).”

“It’s a solvable problem that a corrupt government is making impossible,” a source in Sacramento told the Globe.

Since 2020, the total number of homeless people in California has increased by about 6%, compared with 0.4% in the rest of the country, according to PPIC. The more California spends, the more homeless adapters we get.

The Office of the Legal Analyst has a recent total of $22.3 billion in homeless housing spending:

The same source in Sacramento said, “Oh my God, what a fucking waste of money.”

“Think about what we could do with this money… improving public safety by hiring more police, repairing streets and roads, fixing local levees, improving a public park… all the things our city officials have been telling us for years: “ We don’t have a budget for ‘.

“In general, the state has increased its role in addressing homelessness by providing significant, albeit one-time and temporary, funding for infrastructure development and flexible assistance to local governments in recent years,” the LAO said.

The legislative analyst also broke down by ethnicity/racial origin, age and gender, but did not include data on the thousands recently released from prison and living on the streets.

Breakdown of homeless people by race/sex in LAO. (Photo: lao.ca.gov)

Governor Newsom’s astronomical spending isn’t over yet. With homeless numbers still on the rise across the state, Newsom made it the subject of his new California tour and first speech Thursday at the Cal Expo in Sacramento, the Globe reported on Thursday. “Newsom says he aims to reduce homelessness by 15% statewide by 2025, spend another $1 billion to fund the homeless, and push for more tiny homes for the homeless in key locations across the state.”

What an amazing goal – rather than aiming to end homelessness, Governor Newsom has set himself an even lower goal of a 15% reduction over the next two years – and another $1 billion in taxpayer funds – at a time when the state’s residents are asking for this. enhanced police presence and protection.

After four years in office spending $23 billion on housing and the homeless, only to skyrocket that amount in California, Governor Newsom plans to spend another $1 billion.

That’s $1,000,000,000 – nine zeros on top of $23,000,000,000.

Of the planned 1,200 tiny homes, Los Angeles will receive 500, San Diego 150, Sacramento 350 and San Jose 200. San Francisco already has a tiny house program.

In Sacramento, more than 11,000 homeless people live on city streets, in parks, along rivers and bike paths, and under overpasses and freeway exits. 350 tiny houses will not make it easier for the homeless temporary population.

The Globe reported in July that the number of homeless people living on the streets of Sacramento has increased over the past three years, according to a point-in-time count released by the Sacramento Steps Forward, the city of Sacramento reported. However, based on interviews with homeless people, they lived on the streets before the Covid virus pandemic, so the pandemic cannot be blamed for this increase.

“Done over two nights in February, the PIT count found 9,278 people living homeless in Sacramento County, up 67% from the last PIT count done in 2019.” However, we also reported in April that Sacramento County has more than 11,200 homeless people on the streets and in parks, and all the beds and places in the shelters are full every night. And those were the numbers provided by the Sacramento Steps Forward.

There are even more homeless people in Sacramento than in San Francisco.

In 2019-2020, Sacramento Steps Forward received $25,990,012 from the state and $23,349,292 from the federal government (see above). Most of the nearly $50 million was for housing. They spent almost $802,000 on “administration”.

Almost 50 million dollars allocated for housing, and we still have 11,000 homeless drug addicts living on the streets? How is this possible if they are not interested in coming to Sacramento? And some non-profit organizations find programs for the homeless very profitable.

In February, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg sent out an official email announcing that the city is providing brand new travel trailers (RV quality) for homeless Sacramento drug addicts to live in, located in Sacramento’s former public park, Miller Park.

The mayor and the city turned over a public park and boat ramp on the Sacramento River to homeless transitional people who made it unsafe, poisonous, toxic, and unusable for city residents who pay taxes to maintain it. 60 tents were provided, but due to January storms, the city removed the tents, promising new fancy trailers for residential buildings.

Safe area of ​​Miller Park with travel trailers for the homeless. (Photo: Art Taylor for the California Globe)

And Mayor Steinberg is just one of many incompetent mayors in California’s big cities.

As the Globe newspaper reported in February of more than 11,000 homeless people in Sacramento, more are coming every day. Locals tell The Globe that “homeless vagrants are living wherever they want, including on the I-5 side of the dam. From Old Sacramento, homeless vagrants take over south. Homeless Tramps cut the Cyclone Fences between the Dam and I-5 and settled in several places. Miller Park has a homeless encampment (below) on the east side of the dam, from which a dirt road leads from the camp in the ravine for about 100 meters. 1/4 mile to I-5 South. Further south of Camp Gully, towards the Sutterville Flyover, there are camps for the homeless, fences cut and tents set up facing south of I-5.”

No law enforcement agencies are destroying these illegal camps for the homeless. Caltrans appears to be the only agency dedicated to dismantling illegal camps on government property. Illegal homeless camps on city and county property remain as if they were sanctioned.

Any resident who chronicles Sacramento’s homeless on or near the Sacramento levee knows that the homeless create erosion problems along the levee. There are fires set by the homeless. The homeless accumulate mountains of rubbish. There are piles of stolen carts and stolen bicycles. In addition, homeless people along the American River have created a major E. coli problem due to urine and deification in and around the American River.

Governor Newsom and the mayors of major cities have destroyed the lifestyle of residents. Newsom has spent billions of taxpayer funds on homeless temporary migrants and vagrants, and all we have is more.

The safe area of ​​Miller Park with illegal campgrounds for the homeless. (Photo: Art Taylor for the California Globe)

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