The homelessness and housing crisis’ in the state of California is worse than ever, and nearly everyone knows it.
According to the Daily Signal, in Los Angeles County alone, about 60,000 homeless people live in the streets. That’s 12% more than last year.
However, nothing seems to be getting done about it, at least by the Democratic government residing there.
Some celebrities, on the other hand, are at least trying their hand at offering some kind of solution. Kanye West, for one, recently announced that he would be building homeless shelters on some of his unused lands near Calabasas, California.
The prototype homes were to be “dome structures…influenced by the homes on the planet Tatooine in Star Wars,” and “will eventually be used as low-income housing,” the U.K. Guardian reported at the time.
However, it seems that if the government can’t propose a solution to homelessness then no one can. Local government officials have decided that because the buildings didn’t stand up to building regulations, they are to be torn down.
The U.K. Daily Mail reported, “Aerial photos of the rapper’s 300-acre Calabasas project show at least three of the ‘Star Wars’-inspired structures reduced to rubble.” And they continued, adding, “The photos did show a smaller dome that was still standing, although that one will reportedly be demolished soon, according to TMZ.”
Apparently, when West began his building project, he failed to obtain the proper building permits. So the local officials said the buildings did not meet building regulations and would have to be destroyed.
While the idea of people living in an illegally built structure that may or may not be up to code is not idyllic, at least it attempts to ease a crisis that seems to be overtaking one of the largest and most densely populated states in our nation.
And yet Kanye is not the only one to have similar projects renounced. In 2016, a musician in South L.A. Elvis Summers crowdfunded $100,000 to have homes for the homeless built in Los Angeles.
The tiny houses were to have building costs of about $1,200 and would be solar-powered.
Summers said, “The tiny houses provide immediate shelter. People can lock their stuff up and know that when they come back from their drug treatment program or court or finding a job all day, their stuff is where they left it.”
He built the homes with the support of local contractors and others and began giving them to those in the homeless community.
But the city objected, claiming the small houses were a nuisance and creating more problems than they solved. So the homes were confiscated and some even destroyed.
Apparently, city officials think that make-shift tents and park benches provide better shelter. And yet, they put armrests on park benches to make laying down on them impossible.
The city says that the homeless should be in shelters. But in comparison to the thousands living on the street, there are only a few shelters available. And those are overcrowded, understaffed, infested with bed bugs, rodents, criminals, and poor food.
No, neither West’s dome structures nor Summers’ tiny homes were a permanent solution to the problem, but they were at the very least an attempt to give aid to some of those who can’t get it elsewhere.
At least they are trying to do something. The government can’t even claim to do that.
Instead of building homes or small communities in empty city-owned lots, they would rather destroy the ones that already exist or put a stop to any attempt by anyone to assist the homeless.
And each year, while new construction for city businesses go up, the budget to help with the homelessness crisis goes down.
You would think that for a state so plagued with homelessness issues, this would be more of a priority. But it isn’t.
State leaders would much rather ignore the problem entirely and focus on berating President Trump or any Republican who would stand in the way of their socialist agenda coming to pass.