Governor Newsom Highlights State-Owned Properties Available for Emergency Homeless Housing

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A proposal by Governor Gavin Newsom could result in state property being used to house the homeless which includes 286 state-owned properties to become a available for local governments.

They include vacant lots, fairgrounds, armories and other state buildings – and were identified as part of the Governor’s executive order requiring state agencies to take urgent action to make state properties and facilities available to rapidly increase housing and shelter options.

The proposal was outlined Friday, including a map, which includes $1 leases and the $650 million in State Emergency Aid to build out the sites.

According to the Map, local sites could include locations in:

  • City of Concord
  • City of Martinez
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Rodeo
  • City of Walnut Creek

Other local locations include City of Berkley, City of Oakland, City of Hayward, and City of Pleasanton.

 


Governor calls on cities and counties to submit housing and shelter proposals for 286 state-owned properties immediately available to local governments

Available properties identified as part of Governor’s executive order on homelessness to rapidly increase housing and shelter options

Governor’s State of the State address this week called on all levels of government to step up to combat the crisis and laid out Administration’s five-part approach 

SACRAMENTO – A day after meeting with officials from cities across California on the front lines of the homelessness crisis, Governor Gavin Newsom today highlighted the 286 state-owned properties available to local governments to use for homelessness solutions. The Governor called on local leaders to review the sites available in their regions and invited officials to work with the state to develop housing and shelter proposals that help move people off the streets. The state is offering local governments $1 leases on state owned-property, and the $650 million in State Emergency Homeless Aid can be used to build out sites.

“As a former mayor I get that localism is determinative and that all levels of government must work together to get Californians off the street and into housing and supportive services,” said Governor Newsom. “The state is stepping up by making land available to cities and counties willing to meet this moment head-on. I invite local leaders to use this land on what works for their community’s homeless needs so that we can begin to make meaningful progress to help individuals experiencing homelessness.”

The Governor announced the release of these properties as part of his State of the State address Wednesday. They include vacant lots, fairgrounds, armories and other state buildings – and were identified as part of the Governor’s executive order requiring state agencies to take urgent action to make state properties and facilities available to rapidly increase housing and shelter options. The Department of General Services has developed an interactive map of the available properties, which will continue to be updated as it works with local governments on the suitability of parcels for temporary shelter.

In his State of the State address, Governor Newsom called on all levels of government to step up their efforts to combat the homelessness crisis, and laid out his Administration’s five-part approach – reducing street homelessness quickly and humanely through emergency actions, a laser focus on getting the mentally ill out of tents and into treatment, providing stable funding to get sustainable results, tackling the underproduction of affordable housing in California, and doing all of this with real accountability and consequences.

Following his State of the State address, the Governor will travel the state meeting with service providers and homeless individuals and hearing directly from Californians about his Administration’s homelessness response. He kicked off this tour in Yountville yesterday, where he met with over 50 leaders at the League of California Cities meeting, outlining his vision and inviting partnerships.

The Governor has released the full $650 million in State Emergency Homeless Aid and issued a challenge for cities and counties to partner with the state on immediate impact solutions to tackle homelessness. On the heels of his proposed budget featuring more than $1 billion to fight homelessness, and executive order on homelessness, Governor Newsom last month traveled to San DiegoOaklandGrass ValleyRiverside, Los Angeles and Fresno, participating in a local point-in-time count and meeting with staff and residents at shelters, a board and care home, and a crisis stabilization center.

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  1. City of Antioch officials time to scrap your homeless plan. Start planning a gathering of homeless and bring out the busses. We now have a Governor whom is ready for action. With all this money it’s going to be an awakening.

    • I agree. Antioch is duplicating services for homeless with our tax money and should stop all homeless spending at this time. Given the amount of money the state is spending, Antioch residents are now being triple taxed on fighting the homeless. Antioch Tax Payer Money, Contra Costa Taxpayer Money and Now State of California Taxpayer Money. Time to vote these people out of office.

  2. So I work and pay taxes to support homeless people that cause property fires, crime, and drug abuse in my comminty? What the the heck is wrong with with all these officials!?

  3. So I work and pay taxes to support homeless people that cause property fires, crime, and drug abuse in my commuinty? What the the heck is wrong with with all these officials!?

  4. So I work and pay taxes to support homeless people that cause property fires, crime, and drug abuse in my community? What the the heck is wrong with with all these officials!?

  5. It’s of form of transforming to Socialism. This homeless movement garbage has never been allowed before. We never saw this and we have had the very same economic conditions. We are not in a depression. If we continue to allow free, free, free stuff. You can bet the problem will multiply. What happens when Newsom, Antioch and the rest run out of OUR money for free stuff? Some of the homeless have mental issues. California use to have institutions for those. Others were forced to work to make ends meat. Do what was done before this. Whatever Newsom does, he must make people work in exchange. There are many community jobs available.

    • Here’s a community job that the homeless can start on right now: Cleaning up the mess that they make!

  6. I think this is a great idea! Buildings sitting unoccopied can be used for a good purpose. Even better if maintenance for these buildings can be a job training program.

  7. You don’t get it Anne they are going to be given everything, also a proposed a wage for existing.

  8. More opportunity for abuse. Some people and families have been on some type of aid all their lives with no incentive to do better or provide for themselves. Take away the incentive and people will be forced to come up with other ways to survive other than waiting for a check.

  9. We already have socialism in this country- it’s called Veteran assistance. Most “veterans” do the bare minimum, never go to combat but yet them and their families receive a check for the rest of their lives and all the other benefits? If you’re not ok with social welfare, then stand your ground and let’s advocate against the VA and veterans benefits for “military” and their families.

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