Why do Democrats always think they can legislate their way out of a problem? California has a homeless epidemic. But instead of trying to use economic fixes like getting more people working so they can move into apartments or houses, one California Democrat is just trying to create a law which requires housing for everyone.
California Democrat Proposes ‘Right to Shelter’ for Every Homeless Person in State
California State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has introduced a bill that would guarantee a “right to shelter” and provide housing for every homeless person in the state.
The bill, SB 48, declares: “This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that creates a right to shelter for unhoused residents throughout the state.”
According to the bill, the “right to shelter” would include:
(1) A safe place to sleep and keep one’s belongings.
(2) An ability to access the shelter without having to sign up on a daily basis.
(3) An ability to remain with one’s partner.
(4) An ability to access services necessary to stabilize one’s life and transition into supportive housing or permanent housing, including mental health, addiction treatment, and other services.
However, the bill does not explain how the state will pay for the cost of providing the “right to shelter.”
Last year, 114,000 homeless people were estimated to live in California — more than a quarter of the nation’s total, according to the New York Times. Some come from other states to take advantage of generous welfare benefits and better weather.
Passing this law won’t magically create new housing. This plan is doomed to fail.