Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) Expressed anger at a crowd of homeless Americans late last week when she told them to ‘go home’ during a tense confrontation in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Timeswho reported on the incident, claimed that the 83-year-old progressive congresswoman was trying to stop the outlet from publishing the story by warning her investigative reporter that she was ‘hurting herself’ and the community.
Waters had apparently tried to suppress a hardened group of people who came to an event of a non-profit advocacy group, abused by a post on social media to believe they could get Section 8 vouchers for permanent subsidized housing .
Fathers and Mothers Who Care, the group that opened its South Los Angeles office to help California‘s homeless get emergency care, found themselves overcome with ‘hundreds of people’ who were frustrated and growing restless.
On Friday, Waters told the audience, ‘you can not get section 8 vouchers here.’
Later, she told them to ‘go home’, and anger broke out.
‘We do not have a house, that’s why we’re here. Which house are we going to? ‘ shouted one person in the crowd.
Others tried to focus Waters’ attention on how many people had already gathered there, and for hours.
“Nothing will happen here today,” Waters said, waving her arms.
Another shouted, “Miss Maxine, you have to work with me.”
The progressive Democrat was confronted by activists and homeless Californians who were apparently deceived into thinking they could get vouchers for permanently subsidized housing
She then broke out on activist who confronted her about the failure of California’s housing system, according to the video obtained by the Times.
‘Excuse me, there’s no one in Washington who works harder for their people than I do. I do not want to hear this. No, no, no, ‘said Waters angrily.
She added, “What do you think I do every day?” when asked for more collaboration with the community.
‘What do you do every day? I’m still on the damn street! ‘ cried a woman.
She pointed out to the frustrated crowd: ‘The money you have received so far came from me in Washington, DC’
“I will continue to work, I will get the information … there are no more vouchers today,” Waters said before leaving.
There is a voice calling after her, ‘There were never any bonds.’
But Waters apparently blamed the federal government for the chaos in comments ABC 7.
“I owe it to those who have the money we have sent from the federal government who are unable to communicate well and provide the services where we have worked so hard for,” she said.
Housing Attorney Kridikel Race Truth Bae, right, talks to people about how you can apply for emergency services, including vouchers for emergency housing, Tuesday in South Los Angeles. One woman who was at the event on Tuesday told the Times she was present Friday when Waters was present, and said she was told by the congresswoman to return next week
Hundreds of thousands of California homeless people overwhelmed staff at the events in South Los Angeles
The Times had spoken to a homeless woman who was at Friday’s event and said Waters told her to return the following Tuesday, apparently still under the impression that she could get permanent housing.
‘I got it, everything they asked for. But every time we get close to the front of the line, they close the door. “They opened the door about 20 minutes ago and said they are not serving anyone else today,” said 77-year-old Joyce Burnett.
Times reporter Connor Sheets said he was then rejected by Waters during a phone call and warned ‘you will hurt yourself and the community’ when he published the account.
They also declined specific questions about the incident as ‘a bunch of rumors’
“You will hurt yourself and the community if you try to bring this together without background,” the report said.
“I do not want you to start trying to write it, you will not understand it.”
The call was reduced to five minutes.
The cities of California have been gripped by a crisis of homelessness in recent years.
The state’s most recent census found that 161,000 people slept without a roof over their heads in California on any given night, although the figure has not been updated for more than two years – since January 2020.
A man packs his tent as the city of Los Angeles clears the Toriumi Plaza in Little Tokyo, where a homeless campground on Thursday, March 17th
It is likely that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem since then.
The Democratic state has raised billions of dollars in an attempt to resolve the crisis, but has been criticized for the inefficient use of taxpayer money to do so.
Late last month, it was found that a $ 1.2 billion program aimed at building modest units for people living on the streets was expected to spend up to $ 837,000 per person.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti defended the program on Twitter, claiming it “produces more units than promised, at a lower cost than expected.”
In June last year, Garcetti allocated nearly $ 1 billion to his city’s $ 11.2 billion budget to combat homelessness.
Despite the rampant problem, Los Angeles County does not have a specific office or point-of-sale person dedicated exclusively to solving it – a gap mentioned in a recent report by the LA County Homelessness Commission.
Waters introduced a legislative package last summer to address the homeless nationwide.
It includes $ 600 billion for building ‘fair, affordable and affordable housing infrastructure’, as well as devoting $ 100 billion to ‘provision and other financial assistance for first-generation homebuyers to buy their first home’ in an effort to racialize reduce inequality in wealth and home ownership.
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