Trump, Tired of Democrat Excuses, Vows to Tackle California Homeless Crisis
Democrats unable to combat states homelessness epidemic
President Donald Trump has noted that California's Democrats are seemingly unable to deal with California’s homelessness epidemic and has ordered White House officials to address the issue, according to reports.
According to the Washington Post:
"Top officials representing the White House and the Department of Housing and Urban Development arrived in California this week for a round of meetings."
"A particular focus has been the 'Skid Row' section of Los Angeles, officials said. The president is directly involved with the initiative, official said and has asked for updates. Officials representing the Justice Department were also part of the tour, according to two government officials."
Ideas currently under discussion include "razing existing tent camps for the homeless, creating new temporary facilities and refurbishing existing government facilities," two administration officials said.
The Post added that city officials hosted officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, Veterans Administration, the Justice Department and the Domestic Policy Council HUD on a tour of the Jordan Downs housing project.
White House spokesman, Judd Deere, said:
"Like many Americans, the president has taken notice of the homelessness crisis, particularly in cities and states where the liberal policies are combining to dramatically increase poverty and public health risks."
"President Trump has directed his team to go further and develop a range of policy options for consideration to deal with this tragedy," he added.
In 2018, the Western region director for R Street Institute, Steven Greenhut, told the Catholic Register that the lack of adequate housing in California on the state was to blame.
"We've screwed up the whole housing market through all these regulations," Greenhut said.
The Catholic Register added:
"Local fees on building can add an additional 6% to 18% to the cost of a home. Energy-efficiency regulations add to the cost of a home as well: A recently enacted California rule mandating solar panels on nearly all new home construction will add about $10,000 to the total cost. In Los Angeles, energy-efficiency requirements increase building costs by 10%."
Spur.org also compiled the problems affecting housing construction in California:
"During a lengthy approval process (sometimes years), costs can rise to the point that projects are no longer tenable."
"Local fees, permitting, codes, and regulations add 6 to 18 percent to construction costs. Uncoordinated city fees and requirements can add up to substantial sums that have unintended impacts on affordable housing."
The article also states that by the time builders are ready to break ground, the "the developer no longer can make a profit," and abandons the project.