tv STUDENTCAM 2022 WINNER - No Silver Bullet CSPAN April 14, 2022 9:50pm-10:01pm EDT
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silver bullet. >> this is a huge problem in the united states, specifically california, the highest homeless population in the state. many people are on the streets with no clothes. we wanted to find out how the federal government will resolve this. definition of homelessness is an individual or family collects a fixed regular and adequate residence. this includes those in emergency centers, transitional housing, or habitation like parks, beaches or streets. according to the department of housing and urban development, over 550,000 people experience homelessness in the u.s. in 2020. this is an increase of 2.2% since 2019. the 2022 count is happening all across the state of california. help cities understand the characteristics and needs of their homeless population, as
well as decide how to give funds to state and federal homeless programs. >> your second line in your testimony was insurance, too many americans like what each of us deserve an affordable place to call home, whether it is rented or home -- owned. >> we see a challenge in our country with supply, if it is affordable to low income and middle class families. and the ability of families to access a decent housing throughout our country. >> the solution to homelessness should be simple, housing. put a roof over people's head, providing each person with it. we asked several people in our communities to weigh in if the federal government is doing enough to provide grants. >> the department of housing and urban development puts a ton of money for building affordable housing and creating opportunity for people who have had housing in the country. but we need all different kinds
of housing to respond to the crisis we have. right now there is over 66,000 people living in homelessness in l.a. county. we have a huge problem. >> the federal government is giving money to buy hotels and transition those hotels into places where homeless men and women and families can get off the street and into a more permanent lifestyle change living situation. >> with tapping address to the scale of the problem, if you take the numbers in terms of the people they can actually find on the street, or in shelters and extrapolated 20, we are about 40 years away to getting to a condition in this country without homelessness. >> while the government is providing grants, problems arise.
in a need to provide other services. >> it is only going to create 10% of the housing that we see. we feel great about it, but we predict -- that is one of the things that is difficult. it is so large that we cannot pat ourselves on the back until it is completed. >> if we were to take all hotels and turn them into temporary housing i can see that as a viable solution. the issue we would have to then battle our people that do not wanted in their communities. that, is not in my back yard. just people have to come to the understanding that this issue, the homelessness issue affects all of us. >> the affordable housing infinitely has an impact on keeping people out of a homeless situation. i do not see that it has relieved the pressure on the
city or the number of people who are homeless and need services beyond affordable housing. >> i tend to think that the term homelessness leads us to believe that they are connected to housing policy. i tend to think that we overplay that connection. >> homelessness is not just one problem, if there are 1000 homeless people out there there are 1000 different complex agonizing problems the community members we interviewed at -- give us their own opinions not those of their employers and convinced us there is more information. the federal government should create policies and investments in targeting homelessness. a shift needs to be made in homelessness to prevent it. >> there are things to support an individual at a basic life level but in order for them to be successful they have to take a balanced approach of crossing
off all of the contributing factors in providing support so that that person becomes is able to develop the momentum to dig themselves out of that situation. it is not enough to just feed them and shelter them. i think we all should do more, including the federal government, the state, state agencies and even local agencies. individuals and nonprofit organizations as well. >> take a look at europe or canada, they have a safety net threshold. citizens that fall below that threshold, that poverty threshold, immediate service is taken into effect. that is something we do not have in the united states. homelessness is a complex and controversial issue. there's not one solution but there is much more that the federal government can do and it
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