California State. Gavin Newsom asks lawmakers to take action on the 2024 ballot to approve new mental health beds
governor. Gavin Newsom on Sunday asked state lawmakers to take action on the 2024 ballot to fund a major housing expansion and treatment for residents suffering from mental illness and addiction.
The governor is expected to elaborate on the details during a press conference on Sunday afternoon San Diego. It’s part of the Democratic governor’s broader goal to tackle the state’s entrenched homelessness epidemic.
The governor’s application seeks funding authorization to build residential facilities where more than 10,000 people can live and be treated annually.
Tent camps have popped up on sidewalks and under highway overpasses across ca. People with obvious mental health issues have become a common sight for the population.
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Newsom’s office said the initiative will be funded in part by public commitment bonds that will go towards building “campus-style” facilities along with smaller homes and long-term residential accommodations.
State Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, will introduce the measure that will also allocate funds to shelter more than 10,000 homeless veterans across the state, according to the release.
Newsom’s announcement comes as the governor wraps up a four-day tour of the state, highlighting his key policy goals in place of the traditional state of the art rhetoric.
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Last week, Newsom announced a plan to spend about $30 million to build 1,200 tiny homes across the state to help house the homeless. Homes can be assembled quickly and at a fraction of the cost of building permanent housing. Federal courts have ruled that cities cannot vacate homeless camps if there are no shelter beds available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.