Gavin Newsom blocks $1 billion in funds for homelessness in California cities
SACRAMENTO — SACRAMENTO — California Governor Gavin Newsom will withhold $1 billion in public funding from cities and counties because he says local governments are failing to get people off the streets fast enough.
Newsom’s announcement Thursday morning represents part of the accountability Newsom has long promised on homelessness, one of the Golden State’s most pressing issues. His administration has put billions of dollars for housing and homelessness funding into the state budget, which Republicans and some Democrats say is not being used effectively. The funds Newsom is now withholding include more than $180 million allocated to local governments in the Bay Area.