A recent report shows California kids getting off a public bus after school while navigating their way through a group of homeless individuals living right on the sidewalk.
The man reporting the event tells the kids to get home safe before turning the camera and showing the big number of unhoused individuals right on the street where the kids got off.
The man brought attention to the fact the kids have to go through this experience every day.
Many residents, especially parents are concerned about the situation.
“My niece and nephew both took muni to and from school. This stuff is hard enough to bear witness to as an adult, I can’t imagine trying to process it from kid brain, and then trying to handle school. Just one more source of anxiety for kids these days. When are we going to fix this situation? Does it just have to keep getting worse every year until… something?,” one resident said.
One mom mentioned:
“I walked through that area with my own young man (23 years old, raised in the city and quite street savvy). Even he was like, “We’re crossing the street.” The smell is God awful.”
A $3 million initiative that would see community workers react to low-level emergencies involving the homeless went into effect this month in the city. However, many don’t hold out much hope that the situation will get better any time soon.
Last month, Governor Newsom’s CARE Court Proposal cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee in a 9 to 1 vote.
The proposal awards over half a billion dollars to serve homeless people experiencing mental health and substance use crises in California.
“Our strong, bi-partisan coalition, including families, first responders, local leaders, […] homeless advocates, and many more will continue fighting to get CARE Court across the finish line to finally begin addressing our state’s most critical issue in an impactful way,” said the governor in his statement.