OAKLAND – On the final stop of his statewide homelessness tour, Governor Gavin Newsom will travel to Oakland tomorrow to preview the state’s accelerated emergency actions to address the homelessness crisis. The Governor will travel to a site near the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum to showcase the first of a series of state-local partnerships to deploy emergency tents, trailers and medical services across California to assist individuals experiencing homelessness. The Governor will be joined by top agency secretaries and department directors who will be responsible for executing the accelerated state action outlined in the Governor’s executive order.
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. On Tuesday, the Governor visited Riverside and Los Angeles, first stopping 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. Today, the Governor was in Fresno visiting Exodus Recovery, Inc., which offers mental health services year-round to youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis.
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.
Oakland Homelessness Tour Visit
Who: Governor Gavin Newsom, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Agency Secretaries and Department Directors, Local Elected Leaders and Service Providers.
When: Thursday, January 16, 2020. B-roll opportunity at 12:45 p.m. The Governor will hold a press conference at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Where: 633 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94621
Livestream: This event will be streamed live on the California Governor Facebook page.
**NOTE: This event is open to credentialed media only. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to Danella.Debel@gov.ca.gov.