Many experts have pointed out that the permit process to begin construction is too rigorous and drives up the costs of housing.
President Trump, disgusted with the inability of California's Democrats to address the skyrocketing number of homeless people in California’s major cities, has ordered White House officials to address the issue, according to The Washington Post.
The Post reports, "Top officials representing the White House and the Department of Housing and Urban Development arrived in California this week for a round of meetings. A particular focus has been the 'Skid Row' section of Los Angeles, officials said. The president is directly involved with the initiative, officials said, and has asked for updates. Officials representing the Justice Department were also part of the tour, according to two government officials."
The Post stated that ideas under discussion include "razing existing tent camps for the homeless, creating new temporary facilities and refurbishing existing government facilities," according to two administration officials. The Post added that, on Tuesday, city officials hosted officials from the Veterans Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Domestic Policy Council, the Justice Department and HUD on a tour of the Jordan Downs housing project.
Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, told the Post, "Like many Americans, the president has taken notice of the homelessness crisis, particularly in cities and states where the liberal policies are combining to dramatically increase poverty and public health risks. President Trump has directed his team to go further and develop a range of policy options for consideration to deal with this tragedy."