Ep. 256: Where the Heck Did $24 Billion Go?!

California Underground Podcast: Discussing California Politics Through a Lens of Sanity

17-05-2024 • 1 hr 5 mins

Summary

In this episode, Phil and Camille discuss the recent audit that revealed that $24 billion allocated for homelessness in California has gone missing. They highlight the lack of transparency and accountability in the state's approach to addressing homelessness. The California Interagency Council on Homelessness, the agency responsible for tracking and analyzing spending on homelessness services, has not analyzed any spending past 2021. The audit also found that San Jose and San Diego failed to account for their spending or measure the success of their programs. The hosts express frustration and call for accountability in the use of taxpayer dollars. In this conversation, Phil and Camille discuss the mismanagement of funds and lack of accountability in California's homeless programs. They highlight instances of fraud and wasteful spending, such as a shelter operator charging for work that was never done and a nonprofit falsifying invoices. They also discuss the failure of the Project Room Key program, which aimed to shelter homeless residents during the COVID-19 pandemic but had a high rate of people returning to homelessness. The conversation raises questions about the effectiveness of current approaches to addressing homelessness and the need for better tracking and accountability of funds.


Takeaways

The recent audit revealed that $24 billion allocated for homelessness in California is unaccounted for.

The California Interagency Council on Homelessness has not analyzed any spending past 2021, highlighting a lack of transparency and accountability.

San Jose and San Diego failed to account for their spending or measure the success of their homelessness programs.

The hosts express frustration and call for accountability in the use of taxpayer dollars. California's homeless programs suffer from mismanagement and lack of accountability, leading to fraud and wasteful spending.

The Project Room Key program, designed to shelter homeless residents during the pandemic, had a high rate of people returning to homelessness.

There is a need for better tracking and accountability of funds allocated to address homelessness in California.

The mismanagement of funds and lack of results raise questions about the effectiveness of current approaches to addressing homelessness.


Chapters

00:00 Introduction and GOP Convention

01:41 The Audit Results: $24 Billion Mismanagement

13:38 Did They Expect an Audit?

21:38 Frustration with the Testimony

27:49 No Sympathy for Inadequate Performance

30:02 Call for Streamlined Protocols

30:44 Lack of Data and Transparency

33:03 Government Spending on Homelessness

35:37 Humorous Solution to Homelessness

37:55 Arrogance of Bureaucrats

46:10 Wasteful Spending on Homeless Housing

49:16 Evaluation of Project Room Key

55:31 Fraud in Homeless Programs

01:00:32 Newsom's Budget Cuts

01:03:35 Need for Oversight and Transparency

01:05:04 CU Podcast Outro Video.mp4



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