Nearly half of the U.S.’s homeless people live in one state: California
And it’s not being driven by people “going where the climate suits their clothes” as the old hobo song goes. Most Cali homeless are from the Golden State. It’s a matter of policy failure at many levels.
All told, 47% of all unsheltered homeless people nationwide — meaning those who sleep in areas not meant for habitation, such as sidewalks, parks, cars and abandoned buildings, rather than in shelters — live in the Golden State, according to a new report on homelessness from the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Unsheltered homeless people represent just over a third (35%) of the overall homeless population nationwide…
…At the city level, four of the five cities with the highest rate of unsheltered homelessness are in California: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Rosa and San Jose.