Also, Newsom’s budget plan continues the $1.75 billion investment he announced in January to increase housing production, but the revision refocuses $500 million on programs “to remove barriers to building mixed-income housing,” the governor’s office said in a release.
The governor is also seeking to double the spending on the homeless crisis.
According to Newsom’s revised budget, the state plans to spend $1 billion on programs for the homeless — up from $500 million in the January plan. He said $650 million of the funding would go to local governments for homelessness emergency aid.
While California makes up about 12% of the total U.S. population, the state has about one-quarter of the country’s homeless people. The lack of affordable housing in the state has been blamed for contributing to the crisis.
“This homeless issue is out of control,” said Newsom. “This homeless issue, like the housing issue, is a crisis. It is a stain on the state of California. This homeless issue is, rightfully, top of mind for people all across the state.”