Lawmakers agreed with most of Newsom’s proposals to spend billions of dollars to alleviate homelessness, mostly by buying hotels and motels. But they differ on the timing. The Legislature proposes spending $8.5 billion in new funding over two years, compared with the governor’s $6.8 billion in the next year alone.
“We want to provide housing for our unhoused people, we do not want people living on the streets in California,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat who leads the Senate budget committee.
The Legislature allocates $1 billion in annual funding for cities and counties to address homelessness over the next four years, with lawmakers saying the funding will be tied to strong oversight and accountability. Newsom did not include such ongoing, flexible funding for local governments in his budget.
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