President Trump has instructed the White House officials to crack down on homelessness in California, citing the growing state crisis, according to four government officials who were aware of the effort ,
The talks have intensified in recent weeks. According to two officials who have been informed of the planning, government officials have been discussing the use of the federal government to lure homeless people from the streets of Los Angeles and other areas into new facilities.
However, it is unclear how they could achieve this and what legal authority they would use . It is also unclear whether the state's democratic politicians would work with Trump, who has tried to embarrass them by repeatedly criticizing the homeless crisis by attacking their competence.
Trump has been targeting parts of California and a number of other major US cities in recent months, including Baltimore and Chicago, complaining about what he calls a year of failed democratic leadership.
High officials representing the White House The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Home Affairs Council came to California this week for a discussion. A special focus was the "Skid Row" section in Los Angeles, officials said. The president was directly involved in the initiative, officials said, and asked for updates.
Among the ideas considered were the destruction of existing homeless camps, the creation of new temporary facilities or the rehabilitation of existing state facilities, two officials said. The officials spoke of the condition of anonymity, as the planning was not made public. The changes would give the federal government a greater role in overseeing the housing and health care of residents.
The talks are fluid and concrete plans have not been reached.
Efforts Comes After Trump Repeatedly Attacked Democratic Politicians in California The growing problem of homelessness in the state, which he described as a "disgrace to our country," also criticized liberal-run cities such as Baltimore as "infested with rats and rodents "happens with Nancy Pelosi district in San Francisco. It's not even noticeable lately. Something has to be done before it's too late. The Dems should stop wasting time with the witch hunt and focus on our land!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2019
Health Ministry officials are also involved in the planning of Human Services. One government official pointed to the need to act on the basis of "rampant diseases" and sewage problems.
A White House spokesman said Trump had signed a decree on affordable housing regulations in June, and the administration continues to seek new solutions to homelessness. Trump's government ordinance created a new White House Council to remove "regulatory barriers" that increase the cost of building new homes and aim to expand housing supply and lower prices.
"How many Americans has the President taken note of the homeless crisis, especially in cities and states where liberal politics … dramatically increases the risks to poverty and public health," said Judd Deere, spokesman. President Trump has instructed his team to go further and develop a series of policy-making options to tackle this tragedy. "
According to home ownership experts, homelessness in the state has risen with housing and rental rates in the state, compounded by cuts in federal assistance for subsidies for housing programs.
Breelyn Pete, an advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, told Politico that there was a "very large delegation" of Trump government officials in town to meet with the mayor's office the homelessness.
Trump previously teased potential unilateral federal action on homelessness and told Fox News that he was "very serious" if he wanted to act on the issue.
"You look at what's going on with San Francisco, it's terrible. So we take it very seriously. We can intervene. We may do something to clean it up. That's inappropriate, "Trump told Tucker Carlson in July. "Now we have to take people and do something. We have to do something.
The homeless crisis in California has intensified. The number of families who either sleep on the street or are considered "underserved" has skyrocketed in most major California cities and has risen at least 25 percent in recent years, said David Garcia, political director at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley.
"In general, all the big cities have seen incredible growth, it's a crisis," Garcia said.
But the Trump administration may have already taken steps to tighten up the problem. Critics say that, for example, immigrants' claim to government support is being tightened, which could lead to more families taking to the streets, Garcia added.
California also does not have a "right to protection" law that grants temporary housing to homeless people in other states, d. h According to Diane Yantel, President and CEO of National Low Inc., a large proportion of homeless people in California sleep on the street or in their vehicles ome Housing Coalition, a non-profit association.
California has enacted a series of restrictive building laws that increase housing costs by restricting government supply, she said, although some state legislators are pushing to loosen these limits.
"There is no doubt that there is a real need, and there is a crisis that requires great attention and action at federal, state and local levels," Yantel said. "But with the Trump administration, it's hard to believe that they are acting in good faith here after so many of their efforts have actually worsened the crisis."
Trump's directive is in the midst of his feud with Californian politicians, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Representing San Francisco.
Trump described California as "a shame on our country" At a rally earlier this year, he has come to terms with the state's democratic legislators from issues ranging from homelessness to the protection of immigrants.
At a rally earlier this year, he said: Being beautiful California is a shame for our country. It's a shame. "
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