Following reports that President Donald Trump is pushing for a \u0022major crackdown\u0022 on homelessness in California that could include destroying existing encampments and moving homeless people into government-backed facilities, state lawmakers and progressive housing advocates said the administration\u0026#039;s proposed steps are cruel, politically motivated, and would do nothing to address the very real crisis Trump has exacerbated.The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Trump ordered White House officials to begin work on a \u0022sweeping effort\u0022 to address the homelessness crisis in California. As part of the new initiative, Trump administration officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Justice Department visited California this week for meetings and tours.\u0022Among the ideas under consideration are razing existing tent camps for the homeless, creating new temporary facilities, and refurbishing existing government facilities,\u0022 the Post reported, citing officials familiar with the effort.\u0022Housing experts say homelessness in California has risen alongside housing and rental prices,\u0022 the Post noted. \u0022That problem has been exacerbated by cuts to federal support for housing programs.\u0022Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, said the early stages of Trump\u0026#039;s effort, as well as his past policy moves, demonstrate that the White House is \u0022clearly not acting in good faith to end homelessness.\u0022\u0022They\u0026#039;ve proposed drastically shrinking or eliminating federal programs that keep the lowest-income people affordably housed; tripling rents for the lowest-income subsidized residents and raising rents for all others; evicting 100,000 people, including 55,000 American children, from subsidized housing; and allowing homeless shelters to discriminate and refuse shelter to transgender and other LGBTQ people,\u0022 said Yentel.\u0022The solution to homelessness is affordable homes,\u0022 Yentel added, \u0022not further criminalization, punishing poor people for their poverty, sweeping people experiencing homelessness into increasingly unsafe areas, or warehousing people in untenable and unsustainable conditions.\u0022Further efforts to criminalize or otherwise harm people experiencing homelessness are unconscionable. The solution to homelessness is affordable homes – not, as Trump is considering, criminalization, homeless sweeps into increasingly unsafe areas...1/ https://t.co/Ophe9oWIyx— Diane Yentel (@dianeyentel) September 10, 2019Bob Erlenbusch, executive director of the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness, told USA Today that Trump\u0026#039;s plan would effectively create \u0022internment camps for people experiencing homelessness,\u0022 a fear that was echoed on social media.so... internment camps for the homeless. (via @rachelcbrody) https://t.co/hJaAVCzTK3— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) September 10, 2019This is chilling. @realDonaldTrump wants to \u0022crackdown\u0022 on homelessness and put people into \u0022government facilities.\u0022 We\u0026#039;ve buried refugee children held hostage in his damn facilities. What inhumane treatment will he sanction for the unhoused? https://t.co/ANg3TrXkX7— Mike Bonin (@mikebonin) September 10, 2019California Democrats joined the chorus condemning Trump\u0026#039;s proposed \u0022crackdown,\u0022 accusing the president of feigning concern for homelessness for political purposes while failing to put forth solutions that would mitigate the crisis.\u0022The president has no interest in hearing from actual policy experts. He\u0026#039;s just playing to his base,\u0022 tweeted Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.). \u0022We need to increase Section 8 vouchers + the Housing Tax Credit to expand access to affordable housing.\u0022California State Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco said \u0022rounding up homeless people into federal facilities won\u0026#039;t solve the problem.\u0022\u0022We need to get people the help they need,\u0022 said Wiener, \u0022including shelter, housing, and other services.\u0022Nathan Click, spokesman for California Gov. Gavin Newsom, said the state is \u0022ready to talk\u0022 if Trump is \u0022willing to put serious solutions, with real investment, on the table.\u0022\u0022He could start by ending his plans to cut food stamps, gut healthcare for low-income people, and scare immigrant families from accessing government services,\u0022 said Click.