ICYMI: Statewide Audit of Homelessness Funding Is Necessary

Thursday, January 23, 2020

By Senator Brian Jones

… The homelessness crisis did not spread “across the West Coast,” and it is not a “national” crisis affecting all 50 states equally.  In fact, the homeless crisis is far greater in California than in EVERY OTHER STATE COMBINED.

… this state’s elected leaders have not invested in programs to address its root causes. …

Further, California has a housing problem, yet Democrats have gone out of their way to make building apartments and homes ever more difficult by creating multi-year processes for dealing with environmental reports and imposing ridiculously high permitting fees and mountains of regulations. …  

…  Homelessness in California is largely a homegrown problem, created by decades of misguided policies imposed by decades of a one-party Democratic rule. It is a problem that fairly can be said to be fully owned by California’s elected Democrats.

California Governor Gavin Newsom is beginning his 10th year as a statewide elected official.  During all that time, the homelessness problem has continued to grow greater each year. …

…  I am requesting the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) to conduct a statewide audit of homelessness spending in California. Even the Governor’s Homelessness Task Force recognized the need to evaluate past and current homelessness spending. …

Click here to read the full op-ed in FOX&Hounds Daily.