The homeless crisis impacting the West Coast of the United States has grown even worse in recent months, with Seattle now spending upwards of $100,000 per person to combat the epidemic.
“The richest man in America calls Seattle home. So do thousands of others who are forced onto the streets because they are too poor, too addicted or too detached from reality. At night, the city’s homeless sleep wherever they can — in tents crammed in parking garages, in parks or under highway overpasses. Some feel victimized by a society that has moved on without them,” reports Fox News.
“Like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, Ore., Seattle’s homeless crisis didn’t happen overnight. Little by little, the city has succumbed to skyrocketing housing prices, rampant drug use and progressive policies that have made it easy for people to openly feed their addictions and commit crimes and that have made it hard for the mentally ill to get treatment,” adds Fox.
Seattle currently spends more than $1 billion per year to combat the escalating homeless crisis; that’s about $100,000 for every transient person in the county.
“You’ve lost all credibility when you say those two words — call 9-1-1,” said one local woman at a town hall event. “Do you understand that the police have told us to vote you all out so that they can do their jobs… and you’re telling us to call 9-1-1?”
Read the full report at Fox News.