Los Angeles, CA – U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-California) told a group of homeless people in her district to “go home” and then bullied a Los Angeles Times reporter to try to stop them from reporting on it (video below).
The incident occurred on March 25 at an event in South Los Angeles sponsored by Mothers and Fathers Who Care to help homeless people obtain emergency housing, the Los Angeles Times reported.
An unofficial social media post had announced that the organization was going to be giving out the highly-coveted and hard-to-get permanent housing vouchers at the event and hundreds of people were lined up on a corner in West Athens before sunrise.
Waters was on hand to participate in the nonprofit advocacy group’s event.
Arguments erupted after there were no Section 8 vouchers available to the crowd who showed up and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) were overwhelmed by the angry mob, the Los Angeles Times reported.
That was when the congresswoman decided to intervene and addressed the crowd, video filmed by the Los Angeles Times showed.
“I want everybody to go home,” Waters told the homeless residents.
“We don’t got no home, that’s why we’re here!” someone in the crowd yelled back. “What home we gonna go to?”
She laughed and responded that nothing else was “going to happen here today,” the video showed.
Then she told the group that LAHSA was only there because she had called the agency to the event, the video showed.
A homeless advocate in the group told Waters that LAHSA had repeatedly failed to address the problem.
“Excuse me, there’s nobody in Washington who works for their people any f—king harder than I do. I don’t want to hear this. No, no, no.”,” the congresswoman claimed.
“I believe you, I believe you… work with me. Work with me so we can house people,” the woman begged Waters in the video.
“That’s what I do every day,” the congresswoman replied. “The money that you got thus far came from me in Washington, D.C.”
“I still live in the damn streets,” a man off camera told her.
Waters refused to answer questions about her remarks afterwards and instead tried to stop the Los Angeles Times from reporting on the incident.
She claimed “it’s a bunch of rumors.”
“You’ll hurt yourself and the community trying to put this together without background,” Waters said. “I don’t want you to start trying to write it, you won’t understand it.”
Linda Kelly, operations director of Fathers and Mothers Who Care, said the chaos at the event was a result of a misleading social media post, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Someone got issued a voucher, their baby daddy or whoever was with them, and they posted it like, ‘look, I got my voucher,’ and it went viral,” Kelly explained. “Then Maxine Waters came and it went more viral.”
Kridikel Race Truth Bey, founder of the advocacy group Kingdom Warriors Foundation, said she counted 450 people outside the doors of the event seeking help, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Maybe not even five people got paper applications in their hand that day. Everyone else got the shaft,” Bey said.
“It was a chaotic environment with children there. It was out of control,” she said. “Everybody was in a mass confusion because they don’t know the housing process themselves. So they thought they were there getting a voucher.”
The only government agency in attendance at the event was the Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System which offered emergency temporary shelter only, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Bey said the people who had showed up for the event weren’t interested in temporarily shelter options.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Obscene Language:
Here's the video of Maxine Waters telling a group of homeless people to "go home" to which somebody replies "we ain't got no home." pic.twitter.com/wHMHkBlvtt
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