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California governor announces $12 billion homeless plan

EconomyMay 11, 2021 07:41PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a visit by U.S. First Lady Jill Biden, at The Forty Acres, the first headquarters of the United Farm Workers labor union, in Delano, California, U.S. March 31, 2021. Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERS/F

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday said he was committing $12 billion toward the state's seemingly intractable homeless problem in what he said was the largest amount of money spent at one time to get individuals and families off the streets.

The move comes as Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, along with smaller cities and towns, grapple with mushrooming homeless populations and the spread unsanitary conditions and disease in blighted communities.

The $12 billion in homelessness spending is part of a larger $100 billion package Newsom calls the "California Comeback Plan," in reference to economic damage sustained to the nation's most populous state during the coronavirus pandemic.

The first-term Democrat faces a Republican-led recall effort over his handling of the pandemic.

"The California Comeback Plan invests a historic $12 billion to expand these successful programs and seeks to end family homelessness within five years," Newsom, 53, said in a written statement.

"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," he said.

Of the $12 billion, $7 billion would be used to acquire more temporary housing under "Project Roomkey," a program in which the state provides money for cities and counties to rent hotel rooms for people living on the streets.

Another $1.75 billion would be spent to build affordable homes, some $450 million to address student homelessness and 150 million to "stabilize and rehouse" people given shelter under Project Roomkey.

Last month, U.S. District Judge David Carter ordered Los Angeles to find shelter for the roughly 4,500 people living on the streets of the city's infamous Skid Row neighborhood.

Carter delivered a blistering criticism of city officials, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, for the problem. Garcetti is reportedly being considered for an ambassador role in the Biden administration.

California governor announces $12 billion homeless plan
 

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Laurent Chavey
Laurent Chavey May 11, 2021 10:47PM ET
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162000 homeless in California, lets sped $100,000 per.you can get a nice 4 years education on that.politicians are great at waisting tax payer money.
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy May 11, 2021 10:02PM ET
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Boooo ha ha ha ha!!!!
Mark Lawrence
Mark Lawrence May 11, 2021 9:58PM ET
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Replacing tourists with homeless people, so much for accomodations in California.
Murali Brahmandam
Murali Brahmandam May 11, 2021 9:42PM ET
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There will be a gold rush migration of homeless people from all over the USA and the world to California.
Fernando Saldanha
Fernando Saldanha May 11, 2021 9:42PM ET
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How come people do not realize that subsidizing homelessness you will get more of it? Or maybe they do realize that.
Murali Brahmandam
Murali Brahmandam May 11, 2021 9:39PM ET
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Newsom will start a cleaning services company to keep them clean and civil
Zeb Fullmer
Zeb Fullmer May 11, 2021 9:33PM ET
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Newsom is a joke.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun May 11, 2021 9:20PM ET
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Most of them r high that they p/i/ss in their pants and dont even know. They cra/p everywhere, totally disgusting
Murali Brahmandam
Murali Brahmandam May 11, 2021 9:14PM ET
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Create a New Hotel California in Tijuana, MX the best of the both worlds
Keng He
Keng He May 11, 2021 9:12PM ET
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***** California has no money for university fun, but it has money to raise stool machines. California government Gavin Newsom is trash.
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey May 11, 2021 8:59PM ET
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Rent hotels from democrat owned hotels....😶
Kevin Eddlemon
Kevin Eddlemon May 11, 2021 8:42PM ET
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The majority of that 12 Bil will be funneled into more marxist style. I assume this is the "failed left-wing states" bail out that our worthless senile president rammed through. What a complete joke.
Steve Lora
Steve Lora May 11, 2021 8:29PM ET
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He's nuts
sanchopanties chinaman
sanchopanties May 11, 2021 8:22PM ET
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kick him out!
liang shen
liang shen May 11, 2021 7:56PM ET
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I can get free money? is there a deadline to apply for money? I will make sure I get there and live on a street before the deadline. even if I miss the deadline, I will wait for the second round
Ferdinando Riboni
Ferdinando Riboni May 11, 2021 7:52PM ET
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I am a California Democrat and want Newsom Gone unfortunately the media says it's Republicans who want him gone how unfortunate that the media is so biased
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy May 11, 2021 7:52PM ET
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You just now realized that? You have been Newsomed!
WILLIAM HAGERTY
WILLIAM HAGERTY May 11, 2021 7:52PM ET
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it's not just housing it's responsibility...good luck
Javier Escamilla
Javier Escamilla May 11, 2021 7:48PM ET
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1) should be called “California Taxpayers Plan” 2) Make your state affordable, 3) What was the last job report numbers again?
Jeff Kim
Jeff Kim May 11, 2021 7:48PM ET
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Right on point Javier. Clap clap clap
 
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