California governor announces $ 12 billion homeless plan

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a visit by U.S. First Lady Jill Biden to The Forty Acres, the first headquarters of the United Farm Workers Union, in Delano, Calif., March 31, 2021. Mandel Ngan / Pool via REUTERS / F.

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that he had allocated $ 12 billion to the state’s seemingly unsolvable homeless problem.

The move comes as Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego along with smaller cities grapple with the growing number of homeless populations and the spread of unsanitary conditions and disease in ailing communities.

The $ 12 billion homelessness spending is part of a larger $ 100 billion package that Newsom calls the “California Comeback Plan” of the economic damage suffered by the country’s most populous state during the coronavirus Suffered a pandemic.

The first-time Democrat faces a Republican-led recall for his handling of the pandemic.

“The California Comeback Plan is investing $ 12 billion to expand these successful programs and seek to end homelessness for families within five years,” said the 53-year-old Newsom in a written statement.

“That’s the idea behind the homeless investment of the Comeback Plan – more, faster, and with the accountability and efficiency built into the structure of these new investments,” he said.

Of the $ 12 billion, $ 7 billion would be used to purchase more temporary homes under Project Roomkey, a program in which the state donates money to cities and counties to make hotel rooms available to people living in the country Street to rent.

Another $ 1.75 billion would be spent building affordable homes, around $ 450 million on combating student homelessness, and $ 150 million on “stabilizing and housing” people under the Project Receive room key protection.

Last month, US District Judge David Carter ordered Los Angeles to seek refuge for the 4,500 or so people who live on the streets of the infamous Skid Row neighborhood.

Carter heavily criticized city officials, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, for the problem. Garcetti is reportedly being considered as an ambassador in the Biden administration.

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