USA: California announced to solve the homeless crisis

Homeless people on the streets of America. (Source: AFP/VNA)

Governor bang California Gavin Newsom on March 19 announced a detailed plan to solve the homeless crisis in the most populous state in the United States.

Speaking to the press, Mr. Newsom said he would ask the state legislature to vote in 2024 to authorize the construction of houses so that 12,000 homeless people can have shelter and receive medical care if needed.

Under the plan, the state will spend about 30 million USD a year to build 1,200 small homes across the state for the homeless. This type of house can be assembled quickly and costs less building in solidity.

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The state government will also raise 3-5 billion USD through release Stock for the construction of dormitory-style residences, in addition to cottages and permanent residences.

The plan also includes an amendment to the state’s Mental Health Services law, passed in 2004, to tax 1% of income for people earning more than $1 million a year to fund services. mental health.

Some MPs argue that the tax money from this initiative is not reaching those who need it most. The Governor’s Office says the law amendment will improve this.

According to data in 2022, the state of California has about 171,000 homeless peoplewhich accounts for one-third of all households in the United States.

Currently, this number is growing much faster than other US states. Homeless tents are popping up everywhere, especially on sidewalks and under highway overpasses. Images of homeless people with mental health problems and drug addiction appear quite often.

Duc Trung (VNA/Vietnam+)