Gavin Newsom: Cure Homeless With A Doctor’s Prescription

Gavin Newsom: Cure Homeless With A Doctor’s Prescription

Gavin Newsom: Cure Homeless With A Doctor’s Prescription

Gavin Newsom has a very California hippy dippy cure for the homeless problem. Have a doctor write a prescription for a new home. 

“Newsom called for a “once-in-a-generation” reform of Medi-Cal, backed by a $695-million budget request, aimed at providing critical mental health services to those on the streets who need them.

“Health care and housing can no longer be divorced. After all, what’s more fundamental to a person’s well-being than a roof over their head?” Newsom said in prepared remarks. “Doctors should be able to write prescriptions for housing the same way they do for insulin or antibiotics.”

Newsom said the government also needs to be able to get help to those who are incapable of accepting help on their own behalf.”

No folks, that was not the Babylon Bee reporting. Newsom actually SAID that in his State of the State speech.

Needless to say, people are mocking him for that commentary.

The homeless problem is a major issue in California. San Francisco is losing conventions because the streets are a needle and feces littered mess.

One would’ve thought, way back in 2018 that San Francisco would’ve cleaned up the streets after all the bad publicity. Nope. Instead we now have multiple stories of homeless people physically attacking both men and women.

At the same time, there are those who are angered by the issues caused by homelessness such as littering, trash piling high, needles, hepatitis outbreaks, and feces everywhere. The increase in homeless is sending alarm bells ringing through the state.

“Los Angeles experienced a 16% increase in homelessness this year, with a total of 36,000 people now homeless across the city, including 27,000 without shelter. San Francisco’s homeless count surged 17% to more than 8,000 people. There was a 42% increase in San Jose, a 47% increase in Oakland, a 52% increase in Sacramento county and increases in the Central Valley agricultural region and wealthy suburbs of Orange county.”

The violence from both sides is and should be a growing concern. As should be how the cities and the state are handling the problem. Only 16 porta-potties for the homeless in LA and they are removed at night? That’s not even a band aid fix!

So one of his solutions is to get doctors involved in finding homes for the homeless? Newsom’s tweets on the topic certainly suggest he is serious about this.

Again, the homeless problem is a major issue in California. But is this really going to be a solution? Income inequality and a housing shortage ARE a problem in California. What Governor ‘not a genius’ Newsom refuses to acknowledge is that the TAXES and REGULATIONS that the California legislature continually dumps on their constituents is a very very big part of the problem.

How will this work?

“He called on local governments to increase density “in a way that promotes equity, affordability and inclusion,” and that housing units planned turn into housing units built.

He also called for compelling counties to spend more of the money that they receive, warning them to “spend your mental health dollars by June 30th, or we’ll make sure they get spent for you.””

It’s going to cost money to put all of this in place. Where will that $1.4 billion come from? Yes, you guessed it. MORE taxes.  Part of the funding, $750 million, is a one-time use fund.

“Some lawmakers and mayors expressed skepticism Thursday over California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to give $750 million to state-selected regional administrators rather than to local government to address the state’s growing homelessness crisis, signaling the Democrat may have a budget fight on his hands.””

Once that is used up, where will the money come from to continue to solve the homeless problem? MORE taxes will be the answer I’m sure.

The high tax rates in CA are a contributing factor to the rise in homelessness in that state. Don’t get me wrong, there are valid physical and mental health concerns regarding many of the homeless.

However, Gavin Newsom’s suggestion that doctors should just be able to prescribe a home as a fix to this solution is both naive and condescending. Worse part of it is? Some idiot Democrat, maybe Lorena Gonzalez of the horrendous AB5 fame will think it’s a grand idea and try to legislate it into place.

Feature Photo Credit: Victory Girls Darleen Click original artwork 

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11 Comments
  • Scott says:

    If Newsom was one of my employees and started spouting stupid shit like that, I’d immediately send him for a drug test and a psych eval!

  • Joe in PNG says:

    Dear Cali refugees,
    As you flee the increasingly literal craphole your state is becoming, because you can’t afford to live there anymore, and are sick of the East German style regulations, please remember that you- YOU! did this to yourselves. You voted for these people, and let them set up a single party state under the Democrats.
    We ask- nicely now- that you not do this in whichever free state you end up in.

  • cirby says:

    A prescription for someone who can’t function in society, and can’t support themselves?

    We used to call those “asylums.”

    • GWB says:

      I was going to be snarkier about it, but ^^THIS^^, absolutely ^THIS^.

    • Jim says:

      Asylums were gradually shut down around the world from the 1970s through to the 1990s as their original purpose of protecting those who could not cope in open society had largely been lost and they had become places to ‘dump’ dysfunctional and often very disturbed people, but with minimum support, therapy and vocational opportunity. Often real abuse of inmates occurred. Indeed here in Australia asylums were often called ‘bins’ being short for rubbish bins. [The eugenics movement had some influence on the growth of institutions in C20 as well when psychologists such as Terman et al developed IQ tests such as the Stanford-Binet and found to their surprise that there more people in the general population with cognitive deficits than previously understood.] Nothing really replaced those asylums as politicians and bureaucrats cavilled at the real cost of providing really effective community-based support whether accommodation, vocational services and therapeutic intervention. So people who need great support are now ‘free’ to be dysfunctional and survive on the streets.

  • David Lentz says:

    So questions for Governor Gavin. One, if I have no house and no prescription, I have zero houses. Now some medical doctor writes me a prescription for a house, how many houses do I have? Zero.

    Two, Governor can you show me your prescription for the Governor’s Mansion? If no, you have five minutes to vacate.

  • GWB says:

    Yes, this is idiotic. It’s just a more absurd example, though, of what they’ve been advocating forever: gov’t housing to stuff them into, regardless of consequences.
    WE know it’s not going to work. But progs are eternal optimists about “THIS time we’ll get it right!”

    Re-enable anti-vagrancy laws and enforce them rigorously, and this problem will move elsewhere. If you want to help the ones that are crazy and drug-addled, put them in an institution.*

    (* Yes, there have been problems in the past. And there will be problems in the future. It’s called “being human”. But you can do a lot by keeping them small, involving church charities, and keeping strict watch over the caregivers. Oh, and don’t let progs anywhere near them.)

  • Jim says:

    GWB: “Yes, there have been problems in the past. And there will be problems in the future. It’s called “being human”. But you can do a lot by keeping them small, involving church charities, and keeping strict watch over the caregivers. Oh, and don’t let progs anywhere near them.”

    Yes: smaller ‘institutions’ and community-based housing are better and with external oversight by what we call in Australia ‘community visitors’ who can enter and review quality of services/living situation at any time in conjunction with State Guardianship and Administration courts who deal with people unable to manage their own affairs long or short term. The fact is that some people simply cannot manage their own affairs and need somewhat protective accommodation and direction. The progressives of course continually bleat about freedom, but I suggest that people sleeping, eating, defaecating and assaulting others on the streets, not to mention self-medicating, are not Free. They are trapped in a cycle of misery and know no way to get out.

  • SharpAsAPillow says:

    A prescription for a house? Sign me up. But I’ll need water and electricity, so add those to it. Also furniture – I’ll need a bed, some appliances like a refrigerator and a stove to cook my…food, yes, add prescriptions for all of them too. Let’s see, what else — clothes? Shoes? A car (including gas and oil changes, repairs)? Child care? Don’t forget haircuts, and I’m sure M4A will cover mani-pedi too…

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