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TOP CA Homeless Efforts

State Devotes $14B to Confront Homeless Crisis

Following the unveiling of his California Blueprint, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently visited a homeless encampment in San Diego to highlight his proposed additional $2 billion package – for a total of $14 billion – to the state’s multi-year plan to confront the homelessness crisis. This will create 55,000 new housing units and treatment slots when fully implemented.

“This past year, California has been able to move 58,000 individuals off our streets and into the housing and treatment they desperately needed,” said Newsom. “The California Blueprint will double down on those efforts, focusing on clearing encampments, while also setting the groundwork for long-term systemic change with significant investments in mental health and substance abuse treatment to get vulnerable people off the streets.”

Under Project Roomkey and Homekey programs, California has provided temporary shelter for 50,000 Californians and helped another 8,000 secure more permanent housing through the state’s purchase of motels, hotels and other buildings. In 2021, Newsom invested a historic $12 billion to help get the most vulnerable people into mental and behavioral health services.

The California Blueprint will bolster last year’s investments with an additional $1.5 billion for behavioral health bridge housing to get people into treatment, and $500 million toward encampment resolution grants for local jurisdictions to implement short- and long-term rehousing strategies for people in encampments around the state.


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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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