California Governor’s ‘Homelessness Tour’ Seeks Money, Solutions to Crisis on Streets

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California’s governor began a week-long “homelessness tour” on Monday seeking $750 million to address growing numbers of people living on the streets, stopping first in a rural community to show his state’s problems extend beyond the big cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom last week asked state lawmakers to create the $750 million fund as part of his 2020-21 budget and plans to petition the federal government for additional money to help California’s Medicaid program improve services for the homeless.

“Homelessness isn’t just a concern in our cities, it’s a suburban issue and a rural issue, too. No Californian can say that homelessness is someone else’s problem,” Newsom, 52, said in kicking off his tour in Grass Valley, a town of about 12,000 in the Sierra Nevada mountains northeast of Sacramento.

“Every corner of our state has too many people living on the streets. And the crisis puts stress on public resources, from emergency rooms to jails to public works departments. It takes an unprecedented level of partnership between local, state, and federal government,” Newsom said in a prepared statement.

An estimated 130,000 people are homeless somewhere in California on any given day, more than any other state, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). California, home to about 39.6 million people, is the most populous state in the United States. Newsom and other California officials have traded barbs with U.S. President Donald Trump over the issue, with Trump blaming state and local leaders for failing to solve the problem.

On a visit to San Francisco and Los Angeles in September, Trump said conditions on their streets including trash, feces, and hypodermic needles left by homeless people were hurting their prestige.

That same month HUD Secretary Ben Carson rejected requests for more federal money.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti formally asked the Trump administration for federal assistance on Monday in a letter that indicated the two sides had productive negotiations on the matter.

Newsom, who last week called for the emergency deployment of state-owned travel trailers and tents, was joined by state and local lawmakers on a visit to two homeless shelters in Grass Valley on Monday.

The first-term governor’s tour will also take him to Los Angeles County, the San Francisco Bay area and the Central Valley.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Culver City, California; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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william jackson
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Newscum—-what a goof

General Confusion
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For all of you confused people who think a Republican govenor would be the final solution to fixing the State of California, think back to the LAST time that a Republican held that office. Arnold Schwarzenegger got elected mainly on promises of fiscal reform. He couldn’t (or wouldn’t) get it done. He didn’t solve the legislative mess, so what makes you think party matters here?

Dave Hardesty
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750 million for all homeless in the state and over a billion just for LA? Gavin, just how will this work?

Peter Taylor
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Peter Taylor

Well California decided it was OKAY to create sanctuary cities and promoted that illegals are welcome to stay in California. Now the governor wants the federals to bail California out of their mess.

Cherrie
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Cherrie

take the funds from Democrats retirement and future payroll. they aren’t working so put that money to use on the homeless and mental individuals

Sandra Lueder
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Sandra Lueder

They should use shipping containers that have been converted into residences, in some cases using two containers for one residence. This has been done elsewhere, you can search it, and the results are awesome. Some containers have been converted into office space. What a wonderful example of recycling.

Jeffrey Moore
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Newsom, in particular, has signed huge tax increases into law. He doesn’t want more money to solve the homeless crisis. He just wants more money. No matter how much he gets, he will not be satisfied.

Ecclesiastes 5:10:
He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this {is} also vanity.

Glenn Botts
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He’ll force people to leave their houses unlocked, so thieves can rob them and the homeless can crap all over people’s homes.

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