California Governor Has New Plan to Deal With Homelessness

California Governor Has New Plan to Deal With Homelessness

(UnitedVoice.com) – Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has come up with some new ways to deal with the state’s ever-worsening homeless population.

First, Newsom signed an executive order on Wednesday, Jan.8, that directs various agencies in the state to find public properties near highways and state roads that can be used for short-term shelters. The plan is to use camping trailers as temporary housing. Newsom also wants to start a multi-agency team that would get people off the streets and into the emergency shelters.

The governor is also going to ask lawmakers for $1.4 billion to build additional shelters, provide treatment to people who can’t find long-term housing and help pay rent for families that are struggling.

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In a statement, Newsom said:

“Homelessness is a national crisis, one that’s spreading across the West Coast and cities across the country. The state of California is treating it as a real emergency because it is one.”

A report from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development said that California has about 151,000 homeless people.

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