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It’s a big deal: Newsom’s housing budget, explained

No wonder Gov. Gavin Newsom dropped those hints earlier this week about an upcoming “Marshall Plan” for affordable housing.

Sure, he’d made ambitious campaign promises to combat California’s housing crisis: leading the effort to build 3.5 million units over the next seven years (an unprecedented rate), jacking up state subsidies for housing reserved for lower-income Californians, and easing regulations so it would be easier to build all types of new housing. But what would he deliver?

…“I have never seen this kind of attention paid in the budget to homelessness and affordable housing issues,” said Anya Lawler, a housing policy advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. “Just the page count alone is a little unprecedented.”

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California governor links housing, transportation money

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a $1.75 billion plan for housing Thursday and threatened to withhold transportation money from local governments that don’t build their fair share, declaring he’s not playing “small ball” on California’s crisis.

The new Democratic governor also proposed spending $500 million for regions to build emergency shelters, navigation centers and other supportive housing to battle the state’s growing number of homeless.

…The issues of housing and homelessness are deeply related in an expensive state where two-thirds of renters pay more than $1,500 a month for shelter, says Paul Tepper, executive director of the Western Center on Law And Poverty, which works on behalf of poor Californians.

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An open letter to Gavin Newsom: Address California’s poverty



By Western Center on Law & Poverty

California has long stood out as a state that innovates and leads. As you begin your term, we at the Western Center on Law and Poverty are ready to work with you to ensure that California lives up to its ideals — including addressing poverty and its subsequent harms.

We are encouraged by your focus on three issues Western Center has worked on for decades and considers critical to advancing basic human rights: ending poverty, solving the housing crisis, and health care for all.

Each of these issues presents an enduring challenge that can be addressed by your administration. We do not simply wish to raise the alarm about the state’s problems — we offer help and solutions.

Western Center advocates on behalf of individuals with low incomes in all branches of government—from the courts to the Legislature. Our ideas come directly from problems low-income Californians experience every day; we propose practical solutions that can be taken to scale in our large and diverse state.

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