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‘We have failed’: how California’s homelessness catastrophe is worsening

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‘We have failed’: how California’s homelessness catastrophe is worsening
A new Guardian US series reports on a seemingly intractable crisis, and hears from those living on the edge in one of America’s richest states

When California shut down in March 2020, advocates for unhoused people thought the state might finally be forced to solve its homelessness crisis. To slow the spread of Covid, they hoped, officials would have to provide people living outside with stable and private shelter and housing.
But in the two years since, California’s humanitarian catastrophe has worsened: deaths of people on the streets are rising; college students are living in their cars; more elderly residents are becoming unhoused; encampment communities are growing at beaches, parks, highway underpasses, lots and sidewalks.

California has the fifth largest economy in the world, a budget surplus, the most billionaires in the US and some of the nation’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Yet the riches of the Golden State have not yielded solutions that match the scale of the crisis that’s been raging for decades. Pandemic-era programs have had some success for a slice of the unhoused population, but many measures have fallen short.

The policies just aren't working. The programs aren't working. The hundreds of millions of dollars spent has resulted in more addicts and homeless.

The mentally ill need to be hospitalized for their their own good, treated, counseled, and guided back into society with training, jobs programs, and education. If we care about human beings, then hard decisions need to be made for the good of all.

Cut off the handouts and freebies. Stop with the insane "harm reduction" nonsense. Force them into treatment or sit in jail. Participate in society or be be kept from destroying it. It's their choice. We're out of time.
 

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‘We have failed’: how California’s homelessness catastrophe is worsening


The policies just aren't working. The programs aren't working. The hundreds of millions of dollars spent has resulted in more addicts and homeless.

The mentally ill need to be hospitalized for their their own good, treated, counseled, and guided back into society with training, jobs programs, and education. If we care about human beings, then hard decisions need to be made for the good of all.

Cut off the handouts and freebies. Stop with the insane "harm reduction" nonsense. Force them into treatment or sit in jail. Participate in society or be be kept from destroying it. It's their choice. We're out of time.
It's CA! It was NEVER intended to "Work"! It's intended to create a big bureaucracy so politicians can can put more people on the payroll
and have reasons to Tax the people of CA !.....

Just like with their Gas Taxes! They could have bought thousands of E-Cars over the last 10 years! .... But what do they have to show for?
More taxes and regulations that get money to the Government, and no solution to their problems!....
 

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Of course, California has way more homeless and people with mental illness. Does anyone think the homeless would gravitate to Iowa or Kansas or Idaho?
The homeless may be poor but they're not stupid.
 

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Ya, Newsom and the Democrat rule is garbage, and getting worse. Doesn't matter. The deluded fools will keep putting these clowns in office. Free shit, I guess. Even though the poor have to pay their insane gas prices. Sad.
 

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Of course, California has way more homeless and people with mental illness. Does anyone think the homeless would gravitate to Iowa or Kansas or Idaho?
The homeless may be poor but they're not stupid.

No, they're not stupid at all; they know the West Coast will enable them to continue their lifestyle choices.

To an addict, California looks like open arms and gift bags.
 

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‘We have failed’: how California’s homelessness catastrophe is worsening


The policies just aren't working. The programs aren't working. The hundreds of millions of dollars spent has resulted in more addicts and homeless.

The mentally ill need to be hospitalized for their their own good, treated, counseled, and guided back into society with training, jobs programs, and education. If we care about human beings, then hard decisions need to be made for the good of all.

Cut off the handouts and freebies. Stop with the insane "harm reduction" nonsense. Force them into treatment or sit in jail. Participate in society or be be kept from destroying it. It's their choice. We're out of time.
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People in these so-called homeless camps are actually the occupiers of the far-left anarchist movement. After their failed movement they switched to the homeless camps to make it appear as if capitalism has failed.
 

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People in these so-called homeless camps are actually the occupiers of the far-left anarchist movement. After their failed movement they switched to the homeless camps to make it appear as if capitalism has failed.
Na, they're mostly meth heads that are victims of Mexican drug makers that can't get ephedrine anymore. Therefore, they are effing crazy.
 

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‘We have failed’: how California’s homelessness catastrophe is worsening


The policies just aren't working. The programs aren't working. The hundreds of millions of dollars spent has resulted in more addicts and homeless.

The mentally ill need to be hospitalized for their their own good, treated, counseled, and guided back into society with training, jobs programs, and education. If we care about human beings, then hard decisions need to be made for the good of all.

Cut off the handouts and freebies. Stop with the insane "harm reduction" nonsense. Force them into treatment or sit in jail. Participate in society or be be kept from destroying it. It's their choice. We're out of time.

Hey, I got an idea, how about free "crack pipe kits"......no, that's already taken. Some people are just all talk and no do.....bloviate lovey dovey spending packages to make themselves look good, not giving a damn about those in need.....it happens over and over and over, like a scratched record. Methinks it's time for the lefties to give up their pork filled spending packages and bills, instead put that money to actual things which will help the problem.
 
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