MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Fri, 06 Aug 2021 00:36:40 +0000 Calif. governor proposes new funding for homeless http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/abaf872402e84caf8df13769d9c24eb5 California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday proposed $12 billion in new funding to get more people experiencing homelessness in the state into housing and to "functionally end family homelessness" within five years. (May 11) abaf872402e84caf8df13769d9c24eb5 Tue, 11 May 2021 21:21:44 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: MUST CREDIT KGTV; NO ACCESS SAN DIEGO; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKS; NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASHES++KGTV – MUST CREDIT KGTV; NO ACCESS SAN DIEGO; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKS; NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVESan Diego – 11 May 20211. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Gavin Newsom, (D) California:"What we're proposing here today is a $12 billion, two-year housing proposal. Unprecedented again in American history, not just California history. This is not just doubling down on strategies that we know work. This is order of magnitude investment in transforming the homeless crisis in the state of California to one of America's most enlivening stories."++WHITE FLASH++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Gavin Newsom, (D) California:"And that's why we are committing today to a five-year plan to effectively end family homelessness in the state of California. But the difference in this plan, it's not a platitude, it's actually backed up with an additional $3.5 billion that includes prevention services, rapid re-housing, funding to support people to keep them in their homes as well as to quickly procure and develop new family-focused units of housing."++WHITE FLASH++3. SOUNDBITE (English) John Cox, (R ) California gubernatorial candidate:"Moving people from the street to a hotel room isn't fixing the problem. We have to have low cost housing, but we also have to treat addiction and mental illness."++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday proposed $12 billion in new funding to get more people experiencing homelessness in the state into housing and to "functionally end family homelessness" within five years.Newsom's plan was announced in a statement and he was expected to provide more details at a media event Tuesday morning in San Diego County. The first-term Democrat faces a recall election, mounted by Republicans and others unhappy with the way he has handled the pandemic, the economy and government.  The nation's most populous state county has an estimated 161,000 people experiencing homelessness, which is more than any other state. A new state database shows that nearly 250,000 people sought housing services from local housing officials in 2020. Of that number, 117,000 people are still waiting for help while nearly 92,000 people found housing. Newsom — a former mayor of San Francisco, where the homelessness is very visible — seized the twin crises of homelessness and affordable housing even before the pandemic started last year.He launched projects "Roomkey" and "Homekey," using federal funding to house homeless residents in hotels and motels during the pandemic and helped cities, counties and other local entities buy and convert motels and other buildings into housing.   Newsom's new proposal includes $8.75 billion to expand on "Homekey" and to convert existing buildings into 46,000 of housing. Newsom officials said $800 million spent on the program last year created 6,000 more housing units from motels, houses, dorms and other repurposed buildings, providing shelter for 8,200 people.  The average cost to convert a unit into housing for people experiencing homelessness was nearly $150,000, Newsom administration officials said at a recent briefing. They said that is much cheaper than what building housing from scratch.   Local leaders have welcomed Newsom's focus on the problem. Big city California mayors are seeking $20 billion from the state over five years to address housing and homelessness. Advocates for the homeless say there's simply not enough affordable housing to help people who slip into homelessness, which is why tent camps and sleeping bags still clutter highway ramps and city sidewalks. Newsom's proposal also includes $3.5 billion in efforts to prevent people from becoming homeless, including rental payment assistance, to "functionally end family homelessness within five years," the statement from Newsom's administration said. It's not known how the administration will measure that.  The spending proposal comes as part of a $100 billion pandemic recovery plan Newsom is rolling out this week. The massive amount comes from an astounding $76 billion estimated state budget surplus and $27 billion in new funding from the federal government's latest coronavirus spending bill.A February audit criticized the state for its fragmented approach to addressing homelessness, and urged the state to track spending and set statewide policy. It identified at least nine state agencies that spent $13 billion on 41 programs to address homelessness without evidence to show what was effective.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday proposed $12 billion in new funding to get more people experiencing homelessness in the state into housing and to "functionally end family homelessness" within five years. (May 11) Calif. governor proposes new funding for homeless