Tomorrow: Governor Newsom to Visit Fresno Crisis Stabilization Center During Statewide Homelessness Tour

Exodus Recovery, Inc. offers stabilization resources and services to youth and adults suffering from mental health issues, many of whom are experiencing homelessness

Last week’s 2020 budget proposal included a major new investment to reform Medi-Cal so that health providers transform health care to deliver integrated physical and behavioral health

FRESNO – Governor Gavin Newsom will visit Exodus Recovery, Inc. in Fresno tomorrow as part of his statewide homelessness tour. Exodus Recovery offers mental health services year-round to youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis. Many Exodus clients experience homelessness. While at Exodus, they receive crisis stabilization services and linkages to necessary health and housing services to come indoors. The Governor will hold a media availability after touring the facility.

The Governor kicked off the tour on Monday in Grass Valley, where he visited two homeless service providers and shelters and county and city service providers. The Governor earlier today visited Riverside and Los Angeles, first at an emergency shelter and the Riverside Access Center, which provides access to a wide range of services under one roof, including homeless street outreach, housing placement, employment development, and homeless prevention resources. Later in Los Angeles, he visited staff and residents at a board and care home.

Governor Newsom will conclude his tour on Thursday in the Bay Area.

The Governor began the year by signing an executive order as part of a comprehensive state response to homelessness, including the creation of the California Access to Housing and Services Fund, expediting the availability of state land assets, and standing up a state crisis response team. The Governor’s action focuses on prevention and early intervention, moving people off the streets and providing them services, and creating new temporary housing to effectively reduce street homelessness.

In his State Budget proposal released Friday, Jan. 10, Governor Newsom formally announced more than $1 billion in homeless response funding, including $750 million for this new Access to Housing and Services Fund, and a major new investment to reform Medi-Cal so that health providers transform health care to deliver integrated physical and behavioral health.

Last year, the Governor signed 13 bills into law to help confront the homelessness crisis and others to fuel new housing development. In September, the Governor called on the Trump administration to increase federal investments in housing options for people experiencing homelessness and requested 50,000 additional Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. In July, Governor Newsom announced regional leaders and statewide experts who will advise his Administration on solutions to address the state’s homelessness epidemic.

The Governor has also released the full $650 million in State Emergency Homeless Aid and issued a challenge for cities and counties to partner with the state on immediate impact solutions to tackle homelessness.

Fresno Homelessness Tour Visit

Who: Governor Gavin Newsom

When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The Governor will tour the facility, but press will not be allowed in per state and federal health privacy laws. A media availability will be held at around 2:45 p.m. Press must be set-up no later than 2:15 p.m.

Where: Exodus Recovery, Inc., 4411 E. Kings Canyon Rd, Fresno, CA 97302

Livestream: This event will be streamed live on KSEE-TV’s Facebook Page.

**NOTE: The media availability is open to credentialed media only. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to Danella.Debel@gov.ca.gov.