There is a false narrative that all people who find themselves homeless are mentally ill and have addiction issues. When in fact, two-thirds of the population are homeless due to trouble paying rent. I believe if we think differently about local and state budgets I think we could figure a solution that’s inclusive of a population that exist in multiple categories. Whether it’s homelessness due to loss of job, or an addiction. Homelessness due to a past criminal record or mental illness, the amount of money that Californians pay in taxes can responsibly be reallocated to address this growing epidemic. The key is stopping it before it happens. If we know the drivers than we would save millions in dealing with it after it happens.