California’s escalating homeless crisis, which has seen a significant increase in the number of homeless individuals over recent years, has become a central issue for State Senator Brian W. Jones. Representing California’s 40th Senate District and serving as the Senate Minority Leader, Jones is actively addressing this critical problem that affects many Californians.
In a recent op-ed published by CalMatters, Senator Jones highlights the alarming rise in homelessness in the state. From around 130,000 homeless individuals in 2018, the number has surged to over 170,000, marking a more than 30% increase. This rise comes despite the state’s substantial financial efforts, with $20 billion spent over five years by Democrat lawmakers and the governor in attempts to mitigate the crisis.
Jones points out the stark reality that Californians, who already endure the highest cost of living in the continental U.S., are now faced with the added challenges posed by homelessness in their communities. The presence of used drug needles in parks and safety concerns on the streets are just some of the manifestations of this growing issue.
In his op-ed, Senator Jones delves into potential solutions, suggesting that the state needs to shift its focus from merely spending more money to changing its homelessness policies. Senator Jones invites feedback and thoughts on his proposals, encouraging public engagement through social media and direct contact with his office. His dedication to this issue is a testament to his commitment to serving the people of California, as he seeks practical and effective solutions to one of the state’s most pressing challenges.
California’s homeless crisis has plagued the state for years, and despite throwing a staggering amount of money trying to solve it, the problem is only getting worse. Californians pay the highest cost of living in the continental U.S. – they should not have to jump over used drug needles in their parks or be afraid to walk down their street.
In 2018, California had about 130,000 homeless individuals. Today, that number is over 170,000. That amounts to a more than 30% increase. During those same five years, Democrat lawmakers and the governor spent $20 billion trying – and failing – to address this crisis. If money isn’t a problem, what is?
In my most recent Op-ed published by CalMatters, I dive into solutions to fix the homeless crisis. You can read the Op-ed, “California needs to change its homelessness policies, not spend more money,” here. Let me know your thoughts on Twitter or by contacting my office.
It is an honor to serve as your State Senator.
Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones
California’s 40th Senate District
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