Multi-millionaire Gavin Newsom’s “Care Not Cash” Failed Program Ripped Cash Out of Hands of Disabled Homeless
It’s been well-documented that Gavin Newsom is into OPM – Other People’s Money – but taking money from the disabled homeless shows his true colors
Gavin Newsom’s failure as Mayor of San Francisco to help solve the city’s homeless crisis during his tenure – despite lofty promises and more than $1.5 billion thrown at the problem – is no doubt one of the bigger failures on his record.
However, even worse than his lack of success might be the inhumane way he went about it.
Among the most disastrous of Newsom’s policies in San Francisco was his “Care Not Cash” program – which actually slashed welfare checks by half and took disabled and homeless individuals’ own money out of their pockets and gave it to the city to decide where to spend it on shelters and food programs.
Under his plan, Newsom thought he and his elite cronies in the political class could better decide what to do with the neediest people’s welfare checks.
Newsom began pushing the plan when he was a San Francisco Supervisor. Ultimately, the plan took the form of Proposition N in 2002.
The confiscation of money out of the welfare recipients’ pockets went against longstanding California law set up to help those in need. “Since 1933, California law has required counties to provide relief to the poor, including health care services and general assistance… California has provided some form of general assistance since the mid-1800s…”
Despite his own office heralding it a success, it had mixed results as homeless advocates claimed that by the time Newsom had rifled through the needy’s pockets, the homeless had $2 left to live on for the day – “destitution,” one advocate called it.
Also, ABC 7 reported that Newsom’s program was sued because his “’Care Not Cash’ homeless program discriminates against people with disabilities. It may be the first lawsuit of its kind.”
As for whom it actually helped, even city officials admitted that the plan had no way to track the results of the program.
Bottom line: “Care Not Cash altered city welfare assistance to the approximately 3,000 homeless adults who received about $395 a month, to $59 a month” – the cruelest of cuts.
The cuts also reduced shelter space for disabled veterans.
To a man who has lived his life getting rich off of the taxpayers and billionaires, an income reduction of $300 per month probably doesn’t sound like a lot. But as you can see, it mattered to the people he impacted.