Today California Governor Gavin Newsom focused his second annual State of the State address on the importance of addressing California's housing crisis, and the community conditions that adversely affect those experiencing homelessness.
"Legislation in the 1960s gave Californians more rights to ensure they are not improperly locked away because of mental illness. But Newsom said that with decades of cuts to the social safety net that followed, people with mental health problems have instead been shuffled into jails and ended up homeless
Newsom has sharpened his focus on homelessness at the start of his second year in office, including with a $750 million budget plan to pay rent and build affordable housing for homeless people and a proposed multibillion-dollar expansion of Medi-Cal to keep chronically homeless people out of the emergency room and other costly care.
In January, he signed an executive order to open vacant state land to emergency shelters and deployed trailers to homeless encampments to provide temporary housing."
Gov. Gavin Newsom called for California to strengthen its conservatorship laws, exempt homeless housing from certain environmental regulations and redirect hundreds of millions of dollars for mental health services to tackle widespread homelessness in the state.