WTAF: California’s INSANE Move To House Illegals Raising Eyebrows

By Javier Sanchez | Sunday, 23 June 2024 12:00 PM
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In an unconventional approach to its persistent homelessness crisis, California has embarked on a project to provide luxury housing to its homeless population.

According to Western Journal, the state's initiative was unveiled with the grand opening of the Weingart Tower, a 19-story building located in Skid Row, a Los Angeles neighborhood notorious for homelessness, widespread drug abuse, and crime.

The Weingart Tower, as reported by KTLA, is a homeless housing tower boasting 278 units. The building's amenities include an art room, music room, lounge, gym, and balcony area. The Los Angeles Times further adds that the facility will also feature a library, cafe, dog-runs, and kitchen.

However, this ambitious project has sparked outrage among some quarters, given the high cost of the units, which range around $600,000, with some exceeding $800,000. The Weingart Tower is the first of several such projects, with a second tower of 302 units currently under construction and a third 104-unit building in the planning stages.

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Kevin Murray, a former state senator and the current president and chief executive of Weingart Center Assn., is spearheading the project. While previous housing projects have focused on development outside of Skid Row in areas such as the Valley, South L.A., and Hollywood, the L.A. Times reports that Murray's project will be the city's largest permanent housing initiative.

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The $165 million Weingart Tower project is financed by state housing funds, $56 million in state tax credits, and Proposition HHH, a measure Californians voted for in 2016 to provide $1.2 billion in bonds to combat homelessness.

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This approach to homelessness, while startling to some, is indicative of the liberal mindset prevalent in California. The state's officials view the unfortunate circumstances of Skid Row's residents as a systemic failure rather than a result of individual choices.

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They believe that these individuals have tried their hardest but have been unable to escape their dire circumstances. The solution, in their view, is to provide them with what they believe they deserve.

However, the success of this project remains to be seen. Critics argue that simply improving material circumstances will not change a culture ingrained in a people for years, particularly when those improvements come so easily. They warn that officials may be in for a rude awakening if they expect crime, drug use, and other social issues to disappear with the provision of luxury housing.

Despite the state's efforts, Skid Row will likely remain Skid Row, and California will remain California. Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens who genuinely need assistance may find themselves left wanting.

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