2017/12/07 – America’s homeless population rises for first time in years – Associated Press
The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point in Time count Wednesday, a report that showed nearly 554,000 homeless people across the country during local tallies conducted in January. That figure is up nearly 1 percent from 2016.
Increases are higher in several West Coast cities, where the explosion in homelessness has prompted at least 10 city and county governments to declare states of emergency since 2015.
City officials, homeless advocates and those living on the streets point to a main culprit: the region’s booming economy.
Excluding the Los Angeles region, total homelessness nationwide would have been down by about 1.5 percent compared with 2016.
Places where the numbers went down included Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, the Denver area and Hawaii, which declared a statewide homelessness emergency in 2015.
So California and the rest of the west coast is driving the population of the homeless in the country. For some reason, many do not link the way their states are run to the amount of homeless people exist. The number will continue to increase as long as they continue to support illegal immigrants, restrict business opportunity because of a ton of needless regulation.
As long as the cost of living continues to increase, the amount of homeless will increase. It’s that simple. The solution is not to artificially raise the minimum wage to keep up with cost of living increases. The solution is to decrease the cost of living to reasonable levels – which would allow those at the bottom a chance at affordable living.