WHY I CHANGED MY RECOMMENDATION ON PROPOSITION 2 FROM YES TO NO
Prop Spotlight: Proposition 2 – From the California Federation of Republican Women
The official ballot summary of Proposition 2 is as follows: Ratifies existing law establishing the No Place Like Home Program, which finances permanent housing for individuals with mental illness who are homeless or at risk for chronic homelessness, as being consistent with the Mental Health Services Act approved by the electorate. Ratifies issuance of up to $2 billion in previously authorized bonds to finance the No Place Like Home Program. Amends the Mental Health Services Act to authorize transfers of up to $140 million annually from the existing Mental Health Services Fund to the No Place Like Home Program, with no increase in taxes.
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The Christian Science Monitor reports today that the Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles has completed and opened its new $17 million state-of-the-art facility for the homeless, which has a full-sized gymnasium, library, playroom, hair salon, education center and professional kitchen.
Is this the best way to get the homeless off the streets? Bob Erlenbusch, vice president of the board for the National Coalition for the Homeless says that what these people need is affordable housing, not a way to institutionalize their homeless status.
I wonder what the result of spending $4 Million on a kitchen facility, and $13 Million on providing low-cost housing would have done for getting the homeless off the streets? Just a question.