By Jordan Atkinson
California is one of the largest states in the country, both in size and population. We also happen to be one of the most expensive states to live in since there is a very high demand for property here. Due to these factors and various others, the homeless population in California has been skyrocketing in recent years. More than a quarter of the U.S.’s homeless population reside in California, which is roughly around 114,000 people. That might sound like a minuscule number in comparison to the 39.54 home dwellers that live in the state, but when you see the huge messes the homeless make just around San Jose, you can kind of see why it’s such a predicament. That being said, the homeless are still people regardless of their unfortunate circumstances, and for there to be order in society, something needs to be done to help keep people off the street.
In order to do this, the state of California is currently attempting to have a law passed in which it put $4 billion into an affordable housing program for those who in positions that could easily lead them into being forced into living on the street, such as farmers, the elderly, veterans, low-income residents, the disabled ect. Proposition 2 is also a very similar concept, it is attempting to help house homeless people who are not capable of properly functioning in society due to severe mental illnesses. Prop 1 isn’t going to raise taxes, so that is a very positive upside to it.
However, the main argument against it is that it is going to cause a huge influx of people all immigrating to California from other states to reap the benefits of the new program. Some believe there are much better solutions.
This is one of the 12 propositions that is being voted on in California, and the results will come in tomorrow, November 6th. It’s very important to be aware of things like this going on around in your local government, because regardless of your stance on the matter, the results are going to directly affect you and everyone around you. Personally I see no problem with having prop 1 passed because it was stated that it isn’t going to raise taxes in anyway, but that’s something you need to decide for yourself. Stuff like this isn’t usually taught in any classroom curriculum(other than perhaps econ/gov) so it’s important for everyone to take matter into their own hands and educate themselves. You should as register/pre-register to vote as soon as the opportunity arises, you really can make a difference.