The Biden administration’s Interagency Council on Homelessness has announced its current position which, to no one’s surprise, doubles and triples down on the same policies that turned San Francisco and Los Angeles, among other major cities, into unlivable hellholes swarming with diseased mentally ill junkies randomly assaulting people in public.
The Interagency Council on Homelessness falsely claims that mentally ill junkies living in tents on city streets is a “housing” issue rather than what it actually is, a substance abuse and mental illness issue.
The Biden administration proposes the same discredited program of fixing the vagrant mentally ill junkie problem with a “housing first” approach. Never mind the fact that this is a population that cannot reliably and safely live in housing, often doesn’t even want housing and that the efforts to build housing have created very little housing while putting money in the pockets of special interests.
The administration bizarrely claims to have dramatically cut the vagrant population, before later admitting that the population has actually grown.
More relevantly, the Interagency Council on Homelessness fires a shot at desperate communities trying to keep junkies from shooting up near their kids.
As homelessness has become more visible, there has been a troubling rise in state and local laws that criminalize and exacerbate homelessness by making it illegal for people without a home to do certain activities in public that are otherwise legal in the setting of a home: sleeping, sitting, eating.
Also urinating and defecating. Not to mention using drugs.
The Biden administration has also picked up the socialist motto, “housing is a human right.”
“Housing should be treated as a human right,” said USICH Executive Director Jeff Olivet. “Many Americans ask, ‘Is it possible to end homelessness?’ The answer is, yes, the United States can end homelessness by fixing systems—not by blaming the people being failed by them.”
Systems don’t randomly stab passerby, mentally ill junkies do. The system fails to the extent that it empowers them to do this by preventing common sense measures and enforcement.