California Gov. Gavin Newsom ended his weeklong trip across the state in a city that has been hit harder by the homelessness crisis than any other: Oakland. He toured a site with more than a dozen FEMA trailers, now owned by the state, that soon will serve as temporary emergency housing for displaced locals.
“We own this issue — it is the issue of our time,” Newsom said, speaking from a podium inside a white emergency tent that will be used as a triage medical center at the new site. “It has happened on our watch, and we need to beat this moment."
Newsom said the officials gathered behind him at the site near the Oakland Coliseum — including Assemblyman Rob Bonta and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf —are up to the challenge.
The "homelessness tour" — focused on understanding the crisis that’s left more than 151,000 Californians without housing — comes just days after the governor released his budget proposal which called for more than $1 billion in new funding to address the issue, including a $750 million new Access to Housing Services Fund.
Those funds are in addition to the more than $600 million in emergency grant funding, allocated in last year’s budget, which was doled out this week.