EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Students call out California Dems for homelessness crisis
- California is home to the largest homeless population in the country with more than 120,000 people on the streets and counting.
- Campus Reform spoke with USC students about their thoughts on the issue, and how it's impacting campus life.
California is the most homeless ridden state in America with 129,972 residents without a roof over their heads as of January 2018. That's 20 percent of the approximately 553,742 total homeless population in the United States, as the National Alliance to End Homelessness estimated in 2017. And, unfortunately, the number of homeless people in California isn't getting any smaller.
Democrat leaders, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, have called the California homeless problem the “Humanitarian Crisis Of Our Lives." Campus Reform recently traveled to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles to ask students there about the crisis and what they think should be done to rectify the situation.
Communities of tent cities currently surround the USC campus and, according to one student, "two homeless guys asked me to let them into the PED [USC Physical Education Building] building on campus.” Another told Campus Reform that safety is a concern.
“I have felt unsafe at night walking back to my dorm knowing they [homeless tent encampments] live so close by,” another student said. “There’s a lot of manic behavior from the homeless people.”
When asked about California’s Democrat leaders' solution to the homeless epidemic in their state, USC students could not name one.
“I don’t see much coming from our representatives,” a student said. “I know there’s a lot of talk of things they could potentially do, but I’m not seeing a lot of action.” Another student suggested Newsom should pour more of the state's resources into resolving the problem.
“It’s a crisis of our own volition,” the student said. “The government at the state level has not invested a sufficient amount of resources and what we’re seeing in Los Angeles is the rise in criminalization which only creates more stigma.”
“They’re not doing the most they can,” a USC campus security worker and student admitted after being asked about Newsom and Garcetti.
“They should be helping more. The government has so much money, but they just don’t want to put it out there. Over 50,000 homeless people have come to L.A. and now they’re coming to campus.”
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