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Governor Newsom Announces $12 Billion Package to Confront the Homelessness Crisis

by ECT

Governor Newsom’s $100 billion California Comeback Plan proposes largest increase for homeless housing in California history, creating over 46,000 new units and helping hundreds of thousands of homeless Californians

Investments for new programs to clean California’s streets

Governor’s plan will end family homelessness within five years  

SACRAMENTO— Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the second challenge his $100 billion California Comeback Plan will confront – homelessness. Governor Newsom’s $12 billion plan to tackle the issue of homelessness will be the largest investment of its kind in California history. This investment will provide 65,000 people with housing placements, more than 300,000 people with housing stability and create 46,000 new housing units.

To build on the success of Homekey – a revolutionary program that provided safe shelter from COVID-19 to 36,000 Californians and created 6,000 affordable housing units in record time and at a fraction of the cost – Governor Newsom’s plan includes a massive expansion of Homekey and other similar strategies to get housing up and running quickly, investing $8.75 billion to unlock at least 46,000 new homeless housing units and affordable apartments. The plan focuses on those with the most acute needs, with at least 28,000 new beds and housing placements for clients with behavioral health needs and seniors at the highest risk of homelessness.

The Newsom Administration’s plan also comes with greater accountability and transparency measures, to make sure investments are put toward effective solutions and money is well-spent.

Under the California Comeback Plan, the state seeks to functionally end family homelessness within five years through a new $3.5 billion investment in homelessness prevention, rental support and new housing opportunities for people at risk of homelessness. To achieve this, the Newsom Administration is investing $1.85 billion in new housing for homeless families and $1.6 billion in rental support and homelessness prevention for families.

“Within a year, Homekey did more to address the homelessness and affordable housing crisis than anything that’s been done in decades and became a national model. Now is the time to double down on these successful efforts,” said Governor Newsom. “The California Comeback Plan invests a historic $12 billion to expand these successful programs and seeks to end family homelessness within five years. That’s the idea behind the Comeback Plan’s homelessness investments – more, faster and with accountability and efficiency stitched into the fabric of these new investments.”

The California Comeback Plan includes almost $50 million in targeted programs and grants to local governments, to move people out of unsafe, unhealthy encampments and into safer, more stable housing. Governor Newsom’s plan aims to provide stable housing for thousands of vulnerable aged youth experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness by targeting resources through Homekey and supporting various youth-focused grant programs. In addition, the plan calls for stricter enforcement measures of state housing law and investments into proven strategies, ensuring local governments are meeting targets to reduce homelessness.

The Governor is proposing an additional $1.5 billion investment to clean public spaces near highways and transform public spaces through arts and cultural projects. The initiative is expected to create an estimated 15,000 jobs, including for people experiencing or exiting homelessness, at-risk youth, veterans and formerly incarcerated individuals.

The California Comeback Plan outlines comprehensive strategies and major investments to address five of the state’s most stubborn challenges. The Governor yesterday unveiled the first challenge his plan will tackle, immediate relief for Californians recovering from the pandemic, which includes the largest state tax rebate in American history and expanded rent relief and utility assistance. The Governor has also announced a $5.1 billion package supporting the state’s drought response and water infrastructure, improving the state’s resilience to climate change impacts. Under Governor Newsom’s $100 billion plan, California will come roaring back from this pandemic.

 

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6 comments

Julius May 11, 2021 - 11:32 am

This idiot is cutting His own hands off. California is a hot mess because of Gavin. It is not fair for people who work and live honest lives to pay for these low lifes that use drugs and create crime. If you can get tf out of Commiefornia.

Grace Wilson May 11, 2021 - 2:01 pm

NOOOOO! Stop giving our tax dollars away to prop up those people. SEND THEM BACK TO THEIR OWN STATES! Put them on Greyhound buses with ONE WAY tickets to their former destination! Give the states which send them here a chance to take care of their own people!

Rachel Wright May 11, 2021 - 9:15 pm

Californians are supposed to fork over 12 BILLION to take care of people who aren’t even CALIFORNIANS? It this being done to free the other states from their obligations? Must be nice to just give them one-way tickets and send them west in what is known as “BUS THERAPY?” You can easily find out where these people were sent from by having a conversation with them and/or ask where was their last address or one before that. Ask every 20th person and you’ll have your answer. The other states must NOT be permitted to get away with this. I’ve already sent a really “descriptive” email to our dear Governor Nuisance and will follow this up with calls to our members of the assembly, state senators and the good Governor’s office.

Jane Powers May 12, 2021 - 12:07 am

No wonder so many people are leaving the state — mostly California natives whose ancestors started this state. It has nothing to do with the cost of housing or living or traffic. It has to do with the state stealing money in the form of taxes from the citizens and using it on something like this stupid homeless “aid.” The states they were transported from should be given the opportunity to take care of their own.

Madeleine Bell May 12, 2021 - 12:41 am

Contact your state assembly people and state senators AND the governor himself and tell him NO WAY will wasting money on this project is acceptable. I have no problems with our taxes paying or road repair, retrofitting bridges, building new bridges etc. but NOT to waste it on the homeless who should be returned to their home states!

E. E. Parker May 14, 2021 - 2:22 pm

Those states and/or cities east of CA which sent their problem people here to California for us to take care of, need to be given the opportunity to help their own people. They should also stop bragging about how happy they are to unload them for us to take care of with OUR tax dollars. Have their tax coffers run dry?

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