Standard Leftist Take on Homelessness Is Wrong

The Progressives are mistaken about something? Color me shocked! The progressive narrative on homelessness has always been wrong—and new data undermine it further..

OK, I’m not that shocked. But it is nice to have some data.

The Left loves to go on about how homelessness is the result of high rents. Then in the next breath they push for laws to make it harder to build homes. But of course it isn’t out the cost of rent, not completely.

But according to a recent Los Angeles Times investigation, 46 percent of the homeless and 75 percent of the unsheltered homeless have a substance-abuse disorder—more than three times higher than official estimates from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

And then there is mental illness.

In general, cities have claimed that roughly 25 percent to 39 percent of the homeless suffer from mental-health disorders. As new data from the California Policy Lab show, it’s likely that 50 percent of the homeless and 78 percent of the unsheltered homeless have a serious mental health condition.

Remind me again, why did we decide, as a society, that we would ignore mental illness?

Anyway, there is more good stuff at the link. (Hat tip to Maggie’s Farm.)

The Breakdown of Civilization and the Spread of Disease

Because nothing says 3rd world, like disease. Hepatitis A on rise nationwide.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that is usually spread when a person comes into contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person or from close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sexual contact.

And like most diseases, Hepatitis A isn’t class-blind.

High-risk persons include drug users, the homeless or people experiencing unstable housing, people who were recently incarcerated, men who have sex with men or people already suffering with chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis or either hepatitis B or C.

High-tech civilization was fun while it lasted.

Meanwhile in the People’s Republic of California…

Law and order have disappeared. First the story: Homeless ex-con ambushes ‘random’ 63-year-old woman with bottle, California cops say.

“He jumped out and kind of like punched her in the head, and that kind of took her down,” said witness Henry Kwan, KCBS reported. “Then he started punching her in the head and kicking her multiple times — maybe 10 to 20 times — and she was screaming for help.”

Eventually he started using a broken bottle as a weapon.

Next up, we examine the reaction of the good people of California. Did anyone race to her defense? Was anyone armed? Of course not! You are supposed to rely on The State for everything.

People working at nearby businesses heard the woman screaming for help and saw Ulloa kicking her in the head in an alley, the L.A. Daily News reported. They also called 911.

The woman who was attacked is in intensive care. The cops did arrest the guy, who has a criminal history and was on parole at the time of the attack.

Finally the commentary, from Daniel Greenfield (at Frontpage Mag). LA Homeless Crisis Escalates to Attempted Murder w/Broken Bottle.

California Democrats have been freeing convicts, failing to prosecute offenders and enabling the worst homeless mess in the country.

All of those came together in Burbank for this violent attack.

The attacker had 6 prior convictions. (Three strikes laws? Those are inhumane!) And then there is the increase in crime in LA. Los Angeles Doubled its Homeless Budget, Doubled Homeless Crime

LAPD statistics showed that while the homeless were suspects in 4.3% of all crime in Los Angeles, they were the suspects in 12.6% of aggravated assaults. The footprint of homeless crime was three times as high when it came to aggravated assaults compared to the whole general geography of crime.

Seattle Is Dying

This isn’t the first time I’ve run across this info, but this is from the ABC affiliate in Seattle. NOT a part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, so – perhaps – less easy to dismiss as right wing nonsense.

From KOMO channel 4 in Seattle. Seattle is Dying.

Seattle Is Dying. It’s a harsh title. Someone on social media even called it a “hopeless” title. I’ll admit to you that I wrestled with the name for some time. Too dramatic, I wondered? Too dark? In the end I went with it because I believe it to be true. I believe that Seattle is dying. Rotting from within.

The image snipped from the early portion of the video is of property crimes per 100,000 residents of major cities in the US. Click on the image to enlarge.

It’s a 59+ minute video, but worth your time.

It documents “Broken Windows” in reverse. And the results are exactly as predicted. You ignore the small things, and things get worse in general.

I look at this and it makes me think that Amazon HQ2 wasn’t just about a 2nd location, but the first step in leaving Seattle, because who wants to live in a dump?

Color Me Shocked – A .gov With Little Financial Accountability

Because “responsibility” is a conservative value. Or something. San Francisco continues to spend big in fight against homelessness — but is it working?.

(The WTF?! is inspired by the shear amount of money – which looks to be wasted.)

Between $245 million and $271 million in recent years, with next year’s budget set at about $280 million. That is JUST for homelessness, not for the whole of the city.

The article says the math comes out to $37,300 for each of the city’s homeless residents.

City supervisor hopeful Nick Josefowitz, however, said he believes San Francisco shouldn’t “invest a single public dollar without knowing if it is doing any good.”

“Despite decades of well-intentioned bills, spending efforts, or guiding plans, the same tragic scene continues day after day and year after year,” he wrote in an April article on Medium. “Indeed, in recent years the situation has become so much worse. Yet too often City Hall is still making decisions on homelessness based on folk wisdom rather than hard evidence.”

Because we scream “Do Something!” (The Left loves government action more than the Right, but it isn’t a Leftist monopoly.) And then we are surprised that the government is doing the wrong thing, or doing stupid things, or just throwing the money away.

A similar complaint the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board made years earlier – that the city isn’t doing enough to track their efforts.

“That a city can spend $241 million a year on programs and still confront such human misery suggests those dollars are not being spent with anything close to optimal effectiveness,” the board wrote in 2016. “Eight city departments and 76 private and nonprofit organizations draw from those funds in 400 contracts, yet the degree of accountability is highly suspect.”

You would think for $37,000 per person, you would be able to do something reasonable. But then again it is the government. (Hat tip to Chicks on the Right.)