Politics

California Spends $13 Million To Guard Empty Homes

Written by Amanda Angulo

While many believe that the Golden State has a homeless problem, there seems to be a government issue. Terrible housing inflation, bad regulations, and high taxes have led to a serious housing crisis in California. 

Yet, for some reason, the state is wasting $13 million on guarding empty houses that could be used to house the homeless and actually do something about the homeless crisis. 120 homes have security in place while no one is living in there and it has been like this for the past five months. 

But within the last five months, Los Angeles County had already set aside a parking lot with about 70 tents, but each one cost about $2,500, more than some two-bedroom apartments in the city. Then, Democrats knew that a long-term solution needs to be offered but that the lot would suffice for now… Well, what about the 120 empty homes sitting in Pasadena, which is in Los Angeles County? If they really wanted to fix this issue, they would move them to the empty large homes that no one has resided in for five months. It is a waste of space and money from the state. 

In a report by Fox 11, the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) paid $9 million to highway patrol for November 2020 to April 2021 as well as $4 million to a private security firm just for the sole purpose of protecting vacant homes in Pasadena.

CalTrans claims that the homes have been bought from the government over 60 years ago because they were supposed to connect both the 710 and 210 freeways. That project is no longer going to continue.

“Our goal is to sell these homes and provide current and former tenants, as well as those who qualify for the Affordable Sales Program, a path to first-time homeownership,” mentioned CalTrans in a statement. But there are estimated to be 161,000 homeless people in our Golden State.