When it comes to the homeless crisis in California, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson isn’t letting the state slide by on addressing the problem.
During a Fox News interview on Monday evening, the HUD secretary pointed to some areas of California — like San Fransisco and Los Angeles — and noted that homelessness “seems to be worse in places where there is a lot of regulatory barriers,” calling the state a “poster child for that.”
Although it’s the city or state government’s job to take responsibility to address the crisis, Carson says if that’s not happening, then the federal government has to step up to the plate.
“The president is very passionate about doing something about this,” the HUD secretary said. He added that President Donald Trump “doesn’t care” that 61.6% the state voted in favor of his Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election because there’s a responsibility to take care of the American people.
A spokesperson for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti noted that the mayor held discussions recently with federal officials about the crisis, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Carson said questionted the state’s decision to pour out billions in taxpayer funds to address the homeless crisis in California if there are no results:
“Of course that’s the definition of craziness. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. It’s going to be the same result. What we really have to do is get to the root cause of the homelessness situation and deal with it. […] We have to be serious about dealing with these problems and it can be done. It’s a matter of taking advantage of the tremendous technology we have, removing the barriers.”
Watch Carson’s interview below:
The White House has made it clear that the president “has taken notice of the homelessness crisis” in cities across the U.S., as spokesman Judd Deere said.
Although the president has made it known that he believes it’s the state’s policies that are causing the homeless crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) met the remark with criticism, as he told critics to “please offer constructive criticism as opposed to ideological critique.”
Newsom has come under fire for the state’s problem, as former State assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Calif.) previously blasted him for his “ridiculous claim” in blaming Texas for the homeless crisis, as IJR reported.