Lanhee Chen: Homelessness Crisis in the Golden State

There’s a fine line between compassion and foolishness when it comes to public policy impacting the homeless.  Unfortunately, a whole host of cites cities—particularly in California—have crossed that line.

In San Francisco, liberal policies and neglectful elected officials have enabled disorder.  The homeless are camped out on sidewalks, public drug use is soaring, and some streets are littered with waste. In 2017, over 7,000 homeless people were found during a one-night count. And this year, there have already been over 8,000 requests to clean up human waste and another 3,700 to pick up needles left on the street.

We should be a compassionate society, but we also must recognize when our leaders have failed in their fundamental responsibility both to help those in need and to promote public safety.  The time for action is long past due.