For John, BLUF: Homelessness is a growing problem, and I an not seeing any solutions. One thing we can do is write our US Representative (in my case, Ms Lori Trahan, asking for the Federal Government to take the lead on reforming our mental health program. Not take over, but help the States. As you have, John. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From PJ Media, by Mr Kevin Downey, Jr, 9 May 2021, 12:47 AM ET.
Here is the lede plus three:
Democrat cities have allowed hundreds of homeless encampments to pop up along the West Coast.Homelessness isn't just one problem. It is at least four different problems.
Homelessness isn’t new to places like San Francisco, L.A., Seattle, Sacramento, and so on. I was in Portland 12 years ago for a comedy gig. The park in front of the club looked like a scene from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. Today it looks like the Walking Dead.
Homeless camps are popping up all over the West Coast and bringing violence, drugs, weapons, and defecation with them. When I was a kid, camping meant fishing and catching toads, not getting shot and stepping in people poop.
Los Angeles has seen a 50% increase in homelessness over the last five years. LA’s Venice Beach homeless encampment recently had an explosion and a shooting. The question city officials are asking: where did they find the ammo?
- Adult Homelessness (Trifecta of mental illness, drug addiction and homeless)
- Domestic Violence (DV) (relocation as a solutIon)
- Homeless families without shelter (Perhaps even one employed)
- Youth Homelessness (Often Couch Surfing at friends' homes)
Each is a separate problem, requiring separate solutions. Some need mental health help. Some need affordable housing. Some need protection from an abusive partner.
On the West Cosast it looks like politicalization has gotten in the way of effective solutions. That is sad for the victims and for the Citizen taxpayers. Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff