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Op-Ed: Tackling the Issue of Homelessness

by Laura Friedman

Homelessness. It is one of our state’s greatest challenges. Every night, over 130,000 Californians sleep on our streets. Homelessness has become a full-on crisis, one that has rightfully been the focus of policy discussions throughout the state. In response, we’ve put unprecedented resources and energy towards finding real and lasting solutions. Despite this, I know my constituents feel our efforts are not enough.

I’m not surprised. How can we think anything is getting done when every day we pass countless numbers of our peers, hurting, destitute and alone on the streets? We have an epidemic. And it’s easy to feel hopeless. But this crisis is solvable, although it won’t be easy or quick.