California has come to this; Governor Gavin Newsom of California vows to build 1,200 tiny houses for the poor. He said the Golden State would invest around $30 million to construct 1,200 tiny houses throughout the state this year. Newsom believes he has an endless supply of funds. In addition to driving business out of California faster than the vehicles in the Daytona 500 and telling children they can be any gender they want, he has now committed to giving tiny homes to the homeless.
According to Newsom, this is part of a strategy to aid the nation’s biggest homeless population and address a persistent issue that has plagued the state during the governor’s tenure. Newsom stated they needed to put greater attention and details into confronting encampments. According to Newsom, people are dying under his watch in these encampments.
Instead of delivering a traditional State of the State address, the democratic governor embarked on a four-city excursion. Newsom disclosed the details in Sacramento. Around this period, significant policy pronouncements on housing, healthcare, and public safety were anticipated.
According to Newsom, the tiny homes could be assembled in 90 minutes for a fraction of the cost of permanent housing. The low price and fast speed are because some are only 120 square feet in size. The modest dwellings can free up room to help dismantle the homeless encampments that have sprung up in the state’s largest cities. The federal courts forbid local officials from removing homeless camps when insufficient beds are available at shelters.
Sacramento will get delivery of 350 units, Los Angeles will receive 500 units, San Jose will receive 200 units, and San Diego will receive 150 units. The state will construct and install the tiny houses, but local governments will be responsible for maintenance. Selecting a site for them is vital to this end. The Governor’s Office reports that the homes will have power but no plumbing, water, or cooking equipment. Usually, the camp’s tiny houses have a shared bathroom and kitchen on the grounds.
Opponents have asserted that Newsom is spending more money on insufficient assistance. Since entering office in 2019, Newsom has approved approximately $22.3 billion in additional housing and homelessness-related expenditures.
Brian Jones, minority leader of the California State Senate, argued that spending more money is not the solution to the problem. Jones stated this is just another Band-Aid for California’s out-of-control catastrophe. Jones added that they recognize that throwing money at this problem is ineffective.
According to an analysis of official statistics by the Public Policy Institute of California, California’s homeless population has increased by 6% since 2020, compared to a national increase of 0.4%. Approximately one-third of all homeless individuals in the United States reside in California.
According to Newsom, he knows the work is moving too slowly, and he responded by acknowledging this fact on Thursday. He said tiny houses are not the solution, but they can be useful. Newsom believes it’s insufficient to sweep things under the rug or push folks off the streets and sidewalks and declare a job well done.