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California's Plan For Homelessness

By: David H.

During California Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address, he announced an ambitious idea to solve homelessness. This project left some people wondering, what is California's plan for homelessness?

Newsom reported, 1.6 million fewer Californians are living in poverty today than in 2011 just before identifying the victory as camouflage to the more significant issue of homelessness.

Newsom expressed during the speech how Californians pride themselves on an unwavering sense of compassion and justice for humankind. However, he then identifies how there’s nothing compassionate about allowing a fellow Californian to live on the street, huddled in cars or makeshift encampments.

“We will reduce street homelessness quickly and humanely through emergency actions,” - Gavin Newsom

Economists estimate Newsom will issue a tax increase to million-dollar earners. Currently, California income tax rates for million-dollar earners is 13.3 percent. Yet, the actual methodology to bring the project into the formation is unknown. Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu of San Francisco advocated a hard look at homelessness spending.

Newsom's administration proposed spending $750 million to move homeless people into shelters. Plus, $700 million to expand homeless services under Medi-Cal, the healthcare program for the impoverished. The one billion four hundred fifty million dollars would be in addition to the $1 billion the state of California is currently allocating to homelessness.

“To reverse decades of neglect and turn around a crisis this deep-rooted, we’re also going to need more than one-time funding. We need significantly sustainable revenue." - Gavin Newsom

The funding source piqued interest from state Legislatures. Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) aims to introduce legislation that would allocate $2 billion a year to fight homelessness. However, Santiago hasn’t identified the money source. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) reported setting aside $7 billion for housing solutions in the coming years.

Homelessness is everyone’s problem, that may or may not become resolved with more money. Will California Governor and Legislature raise taxes on the middle class, or target the rich? What is California's plan for homelessness?

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