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.)