Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg says California has over 130,000 homeless people, by far the most of any state in the union, but we can solve the crisis with moral leadership and just $537 million a month.
“Our homelessness crisis has increasingly become a public health crisis,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom, announcing that Steinberg will head a new Commission on Homelessness & Supportive Housing.
“Under Darrell’s leadership, Sacramento now has an operating shelter with 100 beds that costs $400,000 per month,” Newsom said. “If we want to fix the underlying causes that keep people on the streets, we need to admit capitalism’s role in building that crisis.”
“Homelessness is a crisis,” Steinberg said, “but we didn’t build that and homelessness does not have to be helplessness even if there is a typhus outbreak in Los Angeles City Hall and legions of homeless drug addicts defecating on the streets of San Francisco.”
Expanding Sacramento’s “Pathways to Health and Home” program to the statewide homeless population is the answer, Steinberg said.
“Just think. We can solve the homeless crisis for only $537 million a month,” the mayor said. “Republicans are determined to paint Democrats as out-of control, out-of-their minds socialists. But who in their right mind says Socialism can’t work in America?”