California’s Request for Federal Funding to Combat Homelessness Rejected by Trump Administration

by Eric Lendrum


As the homelessness crisis in California escalates, state officials requested increased federal funding to combat the issue, only to be rejected by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, as reported by ABC.

The request letter was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) and “mayors of the state’s 13 largest cities.” The letter points out California’s recent increase in spending on welfare programs, and claims that the “[Trump] Administration has proposed significant cuts to public housing and programs like the Community Development Block Grant.”

In a return letter signed by Secretary Carson, the Administration responded by pointing out that California “seeks federal dollars…from hardworking American taxpayers but fails to admit that your State and local policies have played a major role in the current crisis.” Carson lists some of the state-based causes as being an “over-regulated housing market, its inefficient allocation of resources, and its policies that have weakened law enforcement.”

Experts who spoke to ABC agree that “state and local policies…have led to the affordable housing shortage in California,” while also admitting that simply spending more money “could take decades…to impact homelessness.”

The dispute comes as President Trump has also threatened to hit California with environmental violations due to the pollution caused by the high rate of homelessness. State Democratic leaders have mostly shifted the blame onto the president with partisan attacks, further highlighting the vast political divide between the president and the heavily Democratic state.

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Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).




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5 Thoughts to “California’s Request for Federal Funding to Combat Homelessness Rejected by Trump Administration”

  1. Ralph

    This article would be more informative if it included a link to the actual letter Secretary Carson wrote here it is:

  2. Steve Evans

    Don’t send one more dime of federal dollars to ca. Let CA send all the illiegals in CA home to their native countries FIRST, then hire Americans NOT Mexicans to clean up CA, using the federal dollars they already get.

  3. Russ

    Should NOT help California with any federal money until THEY enforce federal law. ENOUGH.

    1. Theresa

      We should not help CA period! Their own politicians created the homeless crisis by limiting and even eliminating new housing and apartment construction! This caused the price of housing to go through the roof! Couple this with all the high taxes and the results have been catastrophic!
      I fled CA because the Democrats and their policies were destroying the state! I’ll never vote for a Democrat again!

  4. Pissed Off Nashvillian

    Nashville not far behind.