California Gov. Newsom seeks $1 billion to address homelessness


California Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing a $1 billion in funding to continue his administration’s comprehensive solution to the growing homelessness crisis across the state.

He also plans to use a portion of his proposed funding to tackle mental health, which is partly fueling street homelessness.

Gov. Newsom also signed an executive order to create the California Access to Housing and Services Fund as part of the state’s solution to reduce and prevent homelessness. The Governor wants to allocate $750 million for the Fund to help people get off streets and provide supportive services including:

  • pay rent for individuals experiencing homelessness
  • support regions to bring more dwelling units
  • help stabilize board and care facilities/homes

He will also direct the Department of General Services to identify state-owned land that can be used by cities, counties or non-profit organizations to temporarily house homeless individuals.

Gov. Newsom wants to expand Medi-Cal

Additionally, Gov. Newsom’s proposal included $695 million, increasing to $1.4 billion by 2022 to transform Medi-Cal. His objective is to boost preventative healthcare to lower costs.