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California Governor Asks for $1 Billion to Solve the Homeless Crisis

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California Governor Newsom is seeking $750 million from the state budget to solve the Homeless crisis in the state. As the most populous state in the United States, California is estimated to have 130,000 homeless people on any given day.  One of the most commonly cited contributor to homelessness has to do with low vacancy rate; for example, in Los Angeles, there is estimated 4% vacancy, lowest in the United States. In such situations, competition for tenancy is fierce.

Newsom is also seeking $695 from federal, state, and private funds for Medicaid to provide better medical services for the homeless. As US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson rejected the September proposal for more money, Newsom’s prospects on success is unclear.

Newsom has directed California Department of General Services to supply 100 camp trailers and unspecified number of “modular tent structures” as temporary housing.


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