HUD Secretary Ben Carson blasted Governor Gavin Newsom for a lack of urgency in his leadership on California homelessness in a recent Fox News appearance.
First of all, you have a significant number of people with disturbances in their mental capacity. We have drug addiction, and we have people who simply cannot afford to live in a place where you have so many regulations that drive up the cost of everything
Our country’s most vulnerable population does not think about partisan politics and neither should we. Thanks to @EdHenry for having me on to discuss California’s homelessness crisis.https://t.co/WC7ejusQ2g
— Ben Carson (@SecretaryCarson) December 27, 2019
“It’s truly amazing. We’ve actually been making very good progress over the course of the last decade, in terms of homelessness, except in California,” he said.
California’s homeless rate has been around 16 percent, Carson said, adding there’s no “simple fix” to the situation.
He responded to sharp criticism from Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, who appeared to blame the Trump administration for not acting effectively to solve the crisis.
In recent remarks, Newsom claimed the White House was “not serious” about the homelessness issue and was playing politics with it instead.
Outrage. Frustration. Fear. Those are some of the words residents used in 2019 to describe the growing homelessness problem across the United States. There were numerous cases of harassment, rampant drug use and disturbing displays of mental illness that shined a light on the harsh reality that America’s once-containable homeless problem had morphed into a modern-day crisis.
In Los Angeles, Heidi Van Tassell said a homeless man pulled her out of her car, dragged her into the middle of the street and dumped a bucket of feces on her head.
In Oakland, the soaring stats are still affecting the way retailers like Mika McCants operate their small businesses. Things soured so much in Seattle that Father Michael Ryan of St. James Cathedral sent a letter to congregants asking that they pray the city and church finds “the balance we need in order to not only be a welcoming place, but a safe place.”
The letter was in response to a homeless man storming the church and smashing a 200-year-old wood carving of Mary with a large rock. It wasn’t an isolated incident and the church now has a uniformed police officer present during all weekend Masses. Sadly, there have been similar complaints popping up across the nation.