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California governor proposes $12B to house state's homeless

Gavin Newsom
Posted at 10:59 AM, May 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-11 13:59:40-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing $12 billion in new funding to get more people experiencing homelessness into housing.

The governor is expected to elaborate on the plan at a media event in San Diego County Tuesday morning after it was announced in a statement.

The nation’s most populous state has an estimated 161,000 people experiencing homelessness, which is more than any other state.

Newsom is a former mayor of San Francisco and took on the state's twin crises of homelessness and affordable housing before the pandemic hit. Newsom's proposal announced Tuesday includes $8.75 billion to convert buildings into 46,000 housing units.