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Bureaucracy, Funding No Cure for Homeless Problem: New at Reason

Friday, October 28, 2016 10:50
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California politicians are targeting homelessness. Watch out.

Steven Greenhut writes:

The county of Orange recently hired a homeless czar, Susan Price. She just released “An Assessment of Homeless Services in Orange County,” which offers a roadmap of current services. There’s nothing particularly wrong with its assessment or recommendations, as it calls for a more collective, regional approach to the problem. But there’s nothing particularly right about it, either.

The report calls for hiring a manager to “enhance” the Continuum of Care system. It wants to “improve regional coordination” by formalizing “protocols” for responding to homeless encampments. It wants to develop a “systemic navigation of services by diversifying the portfolio of services” and calls for more funding for shelters and housing assistance. It’s self-congratulatory at times.

Homeless activists focused on the funding part of it. “A recent report by the ACLU estimates that it would take $13 million a year to permanently house the chronically homeless population, and a total of $55 million a year to house the entire homeless population,” according to a report in The Voice of OC.

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