Assemblymember Toni Atkins Talks Homelessness in California

Homeless carts in San DiegoWhen I think homelessness and government what comes to mind is Housing and Urban Development, Interagency Council on Homelessness, and local governments. It wasn’t until I sat down with Assemblymember Toni Atkins on a recent trip to San Diego, that the conversation of state governments and homelessness came up, at least in my circles anyway.

Assemblymember Toni Atkins represents the 78th district and is the Majority Leader of the California State Assembly, and she is leading the way by advocating for new solutions to help out homeless friends and neighbors.

According to Assemblymember Atkins, there are approximately 135,000 people experiencing homelessness in California. What I learned from this interview is at the state level, most assistance is in funding healthcare and affordable housing, but that funding is drying up. I could not agree with Assemblymember Atkins more when she said we need to find a permanent way to fund affordable housing.

For me, I’ve never understood politics. It all just seems too complicated. What I do know is, that homelessness as a topic, more often than not, most politicians avoid. You can really tell if a politician genuinely cares, if helping people out of homelessness is part of their agenda.

 

Special thanks to Homelessness News San Diego

  • Pat Morgan

    Good interview and kudos to assemblywoman but next time please address the elephant in the living room, the state of the mental health system in CA and nationwide. I’ve been working on homelessness issues, especially for chronically homeless individuals, for 30 years. I am convinced that mental health services for the population living on the streets are just as critical as housing. Difference is that there’s no stigma associated with housing so it’s a safer topic.

  • wancow

    My problem with this interview is that this woman has not the first clue what kinds of problems the homeless have in the first place. To compound the issue: many volunteers who work with the homeless truly do not understand what it is they’re really dealing with. I know this first hand. I’ve been homeless three and a half years. I started blogging about it out of frustration. http://livermore.patch.com/blogs/homelessness-for-stupid-people

  • markm8128

    I have begun a page devoted to video documentation of the many brutal homeless camp clearings in California.

    http://www.california-homelessness-reporter.org/sample-page/homelessness-camp-evictions/

    Please let me know if you hear of any others!

    markmetzler@sbcglobal.net

  • markm8128