The Golden State plans to spend over $300 million to remove homeless camps from areas bordering state highways.
On Monday, California’s Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Governor Gavin Newsom (D) began the costly new initiative.
Newsom stated that the public was “fed up” when he announced the new initiative to help the homeless.
The Interagency Council on Homelessness in California reviews grant proposals submitted to a $299 million fund.
Speaking on behalf of the program, Alisa Becerra, a spokesman for Caltrans, said that its enforcement aims to house homeless individuals who are discovered camping along state highways or on any property utilized for transportation. Highways, parks and rides, and bike lanes would all fall under this category.
According to Becerra, removing encampments is done because they pose a safety danger to everyone involved: the infrastructure, our employees, first responders, and even the general people on the road.
There is a problem with homeless individuals living near roads: the fire risk.
A mid-November report stated that days after a large fire damaged part of the 10 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, another blaze broke out beneath another freeway.
Commuters near the 105 and 110 freeways in Los Angeles reported intense flames about 7 a.m.
Sky5 news footage showed a section of land engulfed in flames close to the freeway ramp where the southbound 110 and eastbound 105 meet.
According to reports, homeless encampments often pose a fire threat due to cooking outside, individuals stealing power from exterior light fixtures, an abundance of combustible materials (such as gas-powered generators), and trash.
The state has dismantled roughly 5,700 encampments for the past two years and distributed $415 million to municipalities to clean them and provide shelter for homeless individuals, according to the governor’s office.
Nevertheless, Republican Senator Brian Dahle of California challenged Newsom’s assertion that the state had removed thousands of homeless camps.
According to Dahle, the homeless encampments were simply relocated down the street rather than cleared by the governor. The state spends less on its pupils than California’s homeless population per capita. The problem of homelessness is a source of shame for society. This governor should concentrate on actual outcomes instead of gaslighting Californians and pursuing presidential ambitions.