California. It seems this state should just give up already. Homelessness, rats, feces, and poor liberal leadership plague this state. But it appears they are at least trying to fix the homeless problem, in the most backward way possible.
“LOS ANGELES — As this city tries to cope with thousands of people living on the streets, a few homeless and low-income senior citizens will be luckier than most next year.
They will receive keys to one of 72 new apartments, complete with a fitness center, in the heart of trendy Koreatown, built at a projected cost of $690,692 for each unit, according to the city controller’s office. Two additional projects in the pre-approval phase are expected to top $700,000 per unit in total costs.
“This kind of cost is utterly unacceptable,” Controller Ron Galperin said. “I believe we need a fundamental course correction.”
Despite a booming national economy, homeless people have set up tents in makeshift encampments in major cities on the West Coast amid a housing shortage that has driven up rents to unaffordable levels.”
“As for units costing almost $700,000, Cervantes said the price tag includes common areas and spaces aimed at helping the homeless make the transition to housing. As part of the transition, there will be help for residents to cope with addictions or mental illness. The median sales price of a home in Los Angeles County was $618,000 in June, tracker CoreLogic reports.
“We include the wrap-around services to address their needs and make them successful,” Cervantes said. “
“Critics, however, wonder if more people could be housed by less expensive means. The city’s program is “not sustainable,” said Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, which has been raising questions about some homeless projects slated for the hip seaside enclave that’s home to some of the city’s priciest real estate.
He calls the pricey apartments a product of the “homeless industrial complex,” in which “they are buying Mercedes-Benzes and Cadillacs when they should be buying Fiat 500s” when it comes to providing homeless housing.”
Just how do they think this is the right thing to do? Nearly $700,000 per single person apartment? What are the toilets made of gold? This is just absurd. They could have bought houses for less and they house more people. But this is California where common sense seems to have long since left.