Gov. Newsom withholds $1B in homeless funding

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 06: (L-R) California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference on October 06, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 12:10 PM PT – Friday, November 4, 2022

California Governor Gavin Newsom is withholding one billion dollars in funding from cities that are struggling with homelessness.

#Breaking: California Gov. Newsom is “pausing” the latest round of funding for homeless initiatives and plans to convene a meeting of local governments later this month.

— KTLA (@KTLA) November 3, 2022

Reports on Thursday say that Governor Newsom (D-Calif.) had rejected plans from multiple cities to address the state’s rampant homeless population. He describes the “lack of ambition” from the cities as his reasoning.

In response to Governor Newsom’s decision to reject local homeless action plans and withhold HHAP funding, the Alliance joined California partners to express its concern:

— End Homelessness (@naehomelessness) November 4, 2022

This swift rejection of local efforts will delay over $43 million to San Diego County alone.

Currently, there are over 160,000 homeless individuals in the Golden State over-half of the total for the U.S. 

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