Even as President Trump bashes California leaders for mishandling the state’s homelessness crisis and threatens punitive measures, his administration’s housing team is sending millions of dollars to the state to help vulnerable residents stay in homes.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced last week it was awarding the Oakland Housing Authority more than $2.8 million to help families that rely on public assistance relocate if their homes are demolished or converted to other uses.
“When a family living in public housing finds out that their unit will no longer be available, we want to make sure they are not displaced,” Hunter Kurtz, assistant secretary for Public and Indian Housing, said in a statement. “This funding allows HUD to keep its commitment of ensuring people have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live.”
Oakland will receive more than any other city — more than half of the roughly $5,048,000 the agency is distributing to eight housing authorities in six states through the Housing Choice Voucher Program, aimed at helping poor, elderly and disabled people find housing in the private market.
“Nancy Pelosi’s District in California has rapidly become one of the worst anywhere in the U.S. when it comes to homeless & crime,” Trump tweeted last week. “It has gotten so bad, so fast — she has lost total control and, along with her equally incompetent governor, Gavin Newsom, it is a very sad sight!”
Trump has issued vague threats about cracking down on the issue himself and a recent report from CityLab suggested he favors bolstering resources for police departments to remove homeless encampments and removing housing funds from cities, like Oakland, that tolerate encampments.