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Aug 5

Newsom, in recall fight, says it’s ‘not acceptable’ for homeless to camp on streets

STOCKTON — Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed strong support Thursday for increased efforts around California to remove large homeless encampments, calling them unacceptable and saying the state will need more federal help to create additional housing and expand services for homeless people.   Newsom’s comments come at a time of growing alarm over the homelessness crisis, which has become a focus of criticism by Republican ...
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Jul 27

Sheriff Villanueva discusses his public power struggles, homelessness and more

  It turned out that Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva wanted to talk about a whole lot more than homelessness.   We were about an hour into our 90-minute conversation last week, and (as I wrote about in my Sunday column) he’d talked about encampments and lawlessness, his disdain for many of his fellow public officials, his contempt for the Los Angeles ...
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Jul 16

California will spend a record amount on homelessness. Here’s where it’s going

  California will spend a record $4.8 billion over two years to alleviate homelessness after legislators Thursday unanimously passed key details of a new state budget. The package, once signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, will mark the state’s largest financial commitment to date in assisting people without adequate and safe housing. In a deal reached last month, Newsom and lawmakers ...
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Jul 1

Los Angeles passes measure limiting homeless encampments

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council passed a sweeping anti-camping measure Thursday to remove widespread homeless encampments that have become an eyesore across the city.   The measure was billed as a compassionate approach to get people off streets and restore access to public spaces in the city with nation’s second-largest homeless population, though critics said it would criminalize ...
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Jun 29

Newsom recall rival Kevin Faulconer unveils plan to address homelessness

  Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kevin Faulconer released a plan to address homelessness on Tuesday that would couple the creation of more shelters across California with significantly stricter enforcement of no-camping laws in public spaces.   The former San Diego mayor’s proposal is modeled after actions he took in that city to reduce the number of people living on the street by 12% at ...
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Jun 10

Q&A: How Councilman Mike Bonin plans to fix Venice’s homelessness crisis

  After spending weeks reporting on the homelessness crisis in Venice, Times reporters Benjamin Oreskes and Doug Smith sat down with Councilman Mike Bonin, who has represented the area since 2013. In a nearly two-hour interview, he weighed in on how the fights over homelessness have consumed the neighborhood and laid out his vision of how a humane clearing of tents ...
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May 11

Gov. Newsom proposes $12 billion to house California’s homeless

SAN DIEGO —In what was lauded as the single biggest investment any state has ever made to address homelessness, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced a $12-billion proposal to create affordable housing, increase mental health services and fund other programs to get people off the street.   Newsom made the announcement at the Kearny Vista Apartments, one of two former San Diego hotels ...
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Apr 21

HUD Announces $41 Million HOPWA Funding Opportunity: Housing as an Intervention to Fight AIDS

  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of HIV/AIDS Housing is pleased to announce the release of a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) through the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program. Through the “Housing as an Intervention to Fight AIDS” NOFO, HUD is making $41 million available to states, local governments, and non-profits for ...
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Apr 20

Can L.A. really clear homeless people from skid row by October? Here’s what we know

  Can Los Angeles really clear the streets of skid row of tents and offer all the people living there shelter by October?   That might be the end result of a bold order issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter. His action comes at a critical moment for the Los Angeles homeless crisis.   Government officials are putting more money than ever ...
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Apr 19

L.A. Mayor Garcetti proposes nearly $1 billion to address homelessness, $24 million for basic income pilot program

  Faced with an out-of-control homeless crisis and an economy walloped by the pandemic, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday proposed spending nearly $1 billion in the coming year to get people off the streets and $24 million for a pilot program to give no-strings-attached cash to struggling households.   “Los Angeles will launch the largest guaranteed basic income pilot of any ...
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