California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a significant investment in the fight against homelessness on Thursday, committing tens of millions of dollars to build more than one thousand "tiny homes" across the state. The move is part of an ongoing effort to address California's severe homelessness crisis, which has become a major concern for both residents and lawmakers.
Newsom declared plans to construct a total of 1,200 compact living units, which will be distributed across four cities in California. The goal is to alleviate the widespread issue of homeless encampments that plague numerous urban areas throughout the state, as reported by The Associated Press. While these state-funded living spaces will be equipped with electricity, they will not include running water, plumbing, or appliances. The budget allocated for this new tiny home initiative amounts to $30 million.
NEW: I am enlisting the National Guard to help deploy 1200 small homes across four counties in our state to help immediately get more folks off our streets and into the housing they need.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 16, 2023
Since taking office in 2019, Governor Newsom's administration has dedicated $22.3 billion to addressing homelessness and funding housing projects throughout his tenure.
During a speech in Sacramento, Governor Newsom made the announcement as part of his four-city tour. This tour serves as a substitute for the traditional State of the State address, which the Democratic governor will not be delivering this year.
I’m here at Cal Expo in Sacramento where @GavinNewsom will be announcing a plan to purchase 1,200 tiny homes for deployment in four major California cities, including Sacramento.
— Maggie Angst (@MaggieAngst) March 16, 2023
“We need to focus more energy and precision on addressing encampments,” Newsom said. “There’s no humanity there. People are dying on our watch.”
According to The Associated Press, federal judges have determined that cities can only dismantle homeless encampments if alternative shelter options are provided. Without such alternatives, attempts to remove encampments are considered unlawful.
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