Should California be getting federal assistance to fight growing homeless population?

A man stand outside his tent on Division Street Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in San Francisco. San Francisco health officials declared a tent city that has been growing along a city street a health hazard and gave homeless people living on the sidewalk 72 hours to clear the area. The Department of Public Health said notices declaring the area along Division Street a public nuisance and encouraging homeless people to move to city shelters would be posted Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Host Ethan Bearman questioned whether California should be receiving federal assistance after reading an article in the Chronicle highlighting San Francisco’s gripes to reel in tourists due to the “horrifying” street scene.

Bearman see’s both sides of the argument. On one hand, he thinks it’s the government’s responsibility to intervene, considering a portion of the homeless population are transplants from other states with colder climates. But then again, according to the Chronicle, San Francisco spends $305 million a year to combat the problem and hasn’t made a dent, making Bearman contemplate if throwing more government dollars in the mix is really a viable solution.

Listen to the full segment below or skip directly below to 2:20 mark for callers’ opinions on the topic.


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