Gov. Newsom Creates New Task Force, Proposing $1 Billion in Next Year's Budget to Address Homelessness

May 21, 2019 - 1:05 pm

(KNX 1070) - Governor Newsom says a new task force will deal with fighting homelessness.

"This task force... of leaders will organize the framework of specific and prescriptive goals at all levels. And with those goals, we will advance our efforts at the state level to help fund and access the resources to achieve those goals," Newsom said. 

The governor calls the homeless epidemic a "national disgrace."

He's proposing the state increase spending on homelessness calling for $1 billion in next year's budget to address the issue.

Newsom says it'll work with local governments to develop regional plans to try to solve the problem.

"We have to regionalize solutions. We have to organize across jurisdictions. We have to be more collaborative and that's the spirit that defines the announcement today. One of collaboration, one of coordination, one of regionalizing the framework of solutions, but it begins with a plan. The state has no plan," he said.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was picked as one of the people to lead the task force.