According to Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) – California regulator began a "homeless journey" a week on Monday seeking $ 750 million to address an increasing number of people living on the streets, initially stopping in a rural community to show that state problems longer than major cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom asked last week for state makers to create the $ 750 million fund as part of their 2020-21 budget and he plans to ask extra money to the federal government to help a Medicaid program. California improving services for homeless people.
"Homelessness is not a concern in our cities, it is a suburban issue and it is also a rural issue. No California man can say that homelessness is another person's problem," said Newsom, 52, and it is beginning its journey in Grass Valley, a town about 12,000 in the Sierra Nevada mountains north-east of Sacramento.
"There are too many people living on the streets in every corner of our state. And the crisis puts stress on public resources, from emergency rooms to prisons to public works departments. It takes an unprecedented partnership between local government, state government and federal government. T , "Newsom said in a prepared statement.
It is estimated that 130,000 people are homeless somewhere in California on any given day, more than any other state, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). California, which has approximately 39.6 million inhabitants, is the most populous state in the United States. Other newspapers and California officials have traded barbs with US President, Donald Trump, on the issue, and state leaders and local Trump are failing to solve the problem.
On a visit to San Francisco and Los Angeles in September, Trump said that the conditions on their streets, including trash, feces, and hypodermic needles were left homeless by their homeless. award.
The Secretary of HUD, Ben Carson, rejected applications for federal money.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti formally asked a Trump administration for federal aid Monday in a letter which indicated that there was productive negotiations at both sides of the matter.
Newsom was joined by state and local makers, who called for the emergency deployment of state-owned travel trailers and tents last week on a visit to two homeless shelters in the Hay Valley on Monday.
The governor's first term tour will take him to Los Angeles County, the San Francisco Bay area and Central Valley.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Culver City, California; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)