Homelessness – Just the Facts


Homelessness —the facts

by Mustang

One quarter of the nation’s homeless persons live in California … in raw numbers, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, 135,000.

Of this number, 42,600 homeless persons are sheltered, courtesy of the California taxpayer; 92,400 are unsheltered —which is to say, living in front of people’s homes and businesses in California’s largest cities.  California’s homeless population increased 14% between 2016-2017


Los Angeles County had the highest population of homeless individuals in California, second only to New York City.  In New York, an additional 90,000 homeless persons are living at the public’s expense.  The difference is that in New York, 95% of these people are sheltered.  In Hawaii, another bastion of progressive policies, 510 people out of every 100,000 is homeless.

In each of these states, homeless numbers have steadily increased since 2007.  We can thank progressive policies under Barack Obama and the incompetent governments of California, Hawaii, and New York, but it will be difficult to find any reportage of it in the mainstream media complex.

Who are these people?

A majority of California’s unsheltered homeless are chronically homeless.  Chronically homeless typically have serious mental or physical illnesses.  Of homeless families, California owns 12% of the nation’s homeless persons with children.  Outside of the families, California also reported the largest number of unaccompanied homeless young people —defined as any individual under the age of 25 not living with a family member.  Fifty-eight percent of the nation’s unsheltered homeless youth resides in California.  California is also home to 29% of the nation’s homeless veterans; two-thirds of these are unsheltered.

What is California doing to address this problem?

Before we get to that, here’s what these politicians aren’t doing: they are not creating state-run mental institutions.  Efforts to address mental instability, alcoholism, and substance abuse is inadequate.  Where do these people obtain the money for alcohol and drugs?

The answer to this question may be found in the crime statistics in these states.  In California, of 100,000 in population, 414 burglaries, 390 stolen vehicles, 1,560 larcenies, 137 robberies, and 265 aggravated assaults.  California has plenty of money for incarceration, hardly any at all to get these people back on their feet so that they can re-enter the workforce.

In 2018-2019, California earmarked $5 billion to shelter their homeless.  An additional $500 million was spent to provide mental health services and support victims of domestic violence.  What they are doing, in effect, is spending California’s limited financial resources to shelter the homeless, and issue band-aids to those suffering with sucking chest wounds.  They are not addressing the real problems, which include California’s high rents and the fact that their education programs are a failed system.  What California is doing, beyond spending money, is —not much.

What are hardworking Californians, Hawaiians, and New Yorkers doing to address the problem?  The answer is simple.  They are reelecting the same politicians who created this problem to begin with, which since 2007 has only gotten worse.  Apparently, it has never occurred to these hard-working people that they are the problem.  Rather than addressing the cancer that is progressive politics, liberal voters instead rail against Donald J. Trump and then go to bed at night thinking that they did something important.

Anyway, we keep hearing about all these “conservative” Californians being held captive by their communist government.  Thousands of people are moving out of California to such places as Texas and, if true, this could help to explain California’s consistent love affair with Communism.

It’s about all that remains in California.  Maybe it’s also true that there’s too much fluoride in the water out there, an issue that first came up in the 1940s and 1950s.  Maybe our grandparents were right.


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26 Responses to “Homelessness – Just the Facts”

  1. A.P. Says:

    Very factual — and thank you. I got stuck on the California streets for a while before I wised up and moved to a Red state where all of a sudden, my actual identity was more important than my social security number. Fancy that. For all of California’s pride in being “progessive,” sociaiist, etc., the rat race there is so competetive, a lot of the good guys get left. I move up to Idaho that Californians warned me would be “backwards, bigoted, and behind the times” and all of a sudden I was in an environment that was actually cooperative, rather than competetive, and people treated me like a human being — not a thing, or an object, or a number, or a worthless pile of homeless dog-poop. So much for the evils of conservatism. God bless —

    Liked by 1 person

  2. zita666479 Says:

    This is a sad story but true. If greed would decrease more could be done to assist the homeless. But the government cannot make money off the homeless.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. geeez2014 Says:

    “Anyway, we keep hearing about all these “conservative” Californians being held captive by their communist government” Yes, you hear it from me. And it’s true. Victor Davis Hansen, Kevin McCarthy, Daryl Issa, etc etc…all Conservatives………though I hate to destroy the party here.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    Where do these people obtain the money for alcohol and drugs?
    Interstate Exit ramps.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. george227 Says:

    You folk are blinded by your political prejudice. Why are they here and not where you live ? Because we are more HUMAN than conservatives who worship things.

    We had California mental hospitals, but they were closed by Reagan!! Those folk on the street are the Regan Wounded! They are the result of conservative hate and greed.


    • Mustang Says:

      We already know you’re a moron, George … there is no good reason to continue reminding us. The Carter presidency was an absolute economic disaster for our country. Reagan’s signature legislation in 1982 was the Omnibus Reconciliation Act which was supported by a Democratically controlled House of Representatives. The purpose of the law was to reform spending programs, many of which dealt with Social Security and Medicare. It was necessary because government spending was the principle cause of high rates of inflation. The act reduced the rate at which government spending increased. In the area of social security and Medicare, Reagan’s goal was to “revise entitlements to eliminate unintended benefits.”

      There was no federal authority to force closure of state mental hospitals, but the federal government could withhold funding from hospitals that, at the time, were described in the New York Times as “eroded from without by changing philosophies of psychiatric care and crippled from within by demoralized staff, state hospitals are being forced to either change the way they treat patients or close their doors.” California state mental hospitals were second/third rate institutions where the poor, and those made poor by lingering psychiatric illness were housed in outmoded buildings in isolated settings, run by psychiatrists who were themselves mentally ill or who immigrated from foreign medical schools with questionable training and a poor to non-existent grasp of the English language. California mental health hospitals were described as the “disgrace of public facilities.”

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    • dave drake Says:

      @ George 10:25am

      Your answer is putting homeless people in a mental hospital even though there may be no medical reason to put them there? Is that the Liberal HUMAN compassion you speak of? Out of sight, out mind? Hide the problem and as long as you don’t see it, it doesn’t exist? I guess that does fit perfectly with Liberal political view: denial and delusion.

      I don’t know where the “there” is you speak of. It you mean Cali, their homeless problem can be traced to failure to use the 2010 California Gov. Code 7.8 for Shelter Crisis.


      Read a HuffPo story from 2012 – https://www.huffpost.com/entry/californias-homeless-crisis_n_1243223

      It’s a lengthy article, and you probably won’t read it as the facts contradict what you “believe”.

      Out of each dollar, Cali was spending 70 cents on “support services” and only 30 cents for housing when attempting to transition fom temporaray shelters to permanent housing.

      That, and out of a $1million dollar program alloted for homelessness, $800,000 was spend on a 56-foot 10,000-pound aluminum rabbit artwork that greets travelers at Sacramento International Airport. The homeless probably really appreciate that aluminum rabbit, don’t you think, George?

      The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 resulted in the population of illegal immigrants rising from 5 million in 1986 to 11.1 million in 2013: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/01/30/in-1986-congress-tried-to-solve-immigration-why-didnt-it-work/

      If you are indeed a Liberal, then you would understand and support the illegal immigrants who were granted amnesty by Reagan. Now they are you’re neighbors. Isn’t that what you wanted all along? What are you doing for the homeless, George? What are the elected public SERVANTS in Cali doing for the homeless? Zero.

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    • peter3nj Says:

      George you need to have the lobotomy redone since the first one didn’t take.
      And Paraphrasing the Kinks, “There is no California now.”

      Liked by 2 people

    • geeez2014 Says:

      “Conservatives WORSHIP THINGS?” Ya, good thing no Liberals do, right, George? Conservatives have VALUES, George, we don’t value THINGS more than ANYBODY, particularly leftwingers. Also, valuing some things is good. All those liberal celebrities WORSHIP their Bentleys, private islands and private jets, …oh, ya, the minute a lib gets any money, trust me, HE WORSHIPS THINGS. Those folks on the street are REAGAN WOUNDED? Do you know how many years ago that WAS? NO liberal idiot governor since then has done a THING to help that….
      Don’t read Mustang’s comment to you…be wary; You might just learn TRUTH and I KNOW truth scares you, George…it’s so comfortable to be in your MSNBC cocoon spouting leftwing talking points.

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    • kidme37 Says:

      The democrats closed the mental hospitals out of self-preservation panic.

      Liked by 1 person

    • kidme37 Says:

      PS George, why do you folks worry about stuff like this. You only have 11 more years before the whole planet goes bust. Why are you not out enjoying yourselves instead of braying like sexually starved donkeys on comment sections ?


  6. markone1blog Says:

    By the fact that the same politicians get re-elected continually, you could use this as proof that liberalism is a mental disease.

    Liked by 1 person

    • kidme37 Says:

      Liberalism is most definitely a mental disease. Liberals believe in their fantasies which have nothing to do with reality. It is why they get so mad when presented with facts. They panic when facts might pull them out of their fantasy world just like vampires freak out when being drug into the sunlight.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. A Lady of Reason Says:

    The left helps illegals yet lets homeless veterans and children rot!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Mustang Says:

      In 1963, John Kennedy proposed a mental health program under which the federal government would fund community mental health centers. His idea was that these community centers should take the place of state mental hospitals. In Kennedy’s mind, the warmth of community centers would replace the cold mercy of state hospitals.
      This initiative encouraged states to close their mental hospitals; state funded outpatient clinics were defunded. Between 1963 and 1980, the federal government funded 789 community mental health clinics. In those same years, the number of patients in state mental hospitals decreased by 75%. The problem was that the community centers were not interested in caring for the patients discharged from state hospitals; they were interested in caring for people with less severe problems. Only about 7% of severely mentally ill people were seen by the community centers.

      Today, the progressives will argue that Kennedy’s program failed because there were insufficient mental health centers; there was insufficient federal money to support them. This is balderdash. The community health centers failed because they did not care for the most severe patients … those who were turned out on the streets from state mental hospitals. When President Reagan block-granted federal funds to the states in 1981, he was not killing the program; he was simply burying its corpse.

      It is now 56-years later. Thanks to the warmth of community concern, about half of all mentally ill people roam our streets as homeless citizens. If we believe the Treatment Advocacy Center, these homeless/mentally ill people are responsible for 10% of all homicides, most of our mass killings, and constitute around 20% of jailed or imprisoned people. And the cost of community health centers is extraordinary.

      Aside from the fact that community health centers have little interest in taking on severe mental health issues (they prefer instead to treat the walking well), people with significant mental issues now inundate our hospital emergency rooms, and colonize our libraries, parks, bus and train depots, and public sidewalks. They pose a real danger to our communities; these people are schizophrenic and psychopathic.

      Nearly 5 million Americans are receiving SSI or SSDI because of mental illnesses (not including mental retardation). Medicaid and Medicare costs for mentally ill persons approaches $100 billion; the annual total expenditure of public funds to support the mentally ill homeless exceeds $140 billion … In Kennedy’s day (using today’s dollars), the costs were only about $10 billion. The question remains: how will California’s community health centers address the state’s homeless problem? My guess is that they won’t address it in any meaningful way, but you can bet they will spend all allocated funds. Spending money is what the government does best.

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      • Ed Bonderenka Says:

        I live in Ypsilanti MI. I was raised elsewhere.
        When I was a kid, the taunt was “You keep acting like that, they’ll send you to Ypsi”.
        That’s where the state hospital was.
        My grandmother was committed to Eloise State Hospital. It was Bedlam.
        Older naked women strapped to a chair, yelling, screaming, blank stares.
        Hard to visit her.
        I’m told Ypsi was similar.
        I don’t know what the answer is, but warehousing seems like a poor solution.
        “Assisted” suicide (where someone else decides if the “suicide” is performed), otherwise known as euthanasia, is scary stuff.
        I have two friends who died last week after years of suffering dementia.
        One died at home where his wife had been caring for him. He was my best man and best friend. She was relieved of the decision of having to have him homed as it was getting to be too much for her physically. She did have in home help from agencies and friends and daughters.
        The other died in a hospice center after a couple years in different facility.
        I don’t know who was paying for that.


      • Mustang Says:

        We don’t just need mental hospitals; we need quality mental hospitals.


      • geeez2014 Says:

        No, no, no, Ed…only California mental hospitals were a nightmare, didn’t you know that? I think it was because they were in CALIFORNIA. gad.


      • Mustang Says:

        Mental hospitals were a nightmare all across the United States, but the post was about homelessness in CA and what’s being done about it. Which isn’t much.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Alfiano Fong Says:

      Sad but true

      Liked by 1 person

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