By Amy Graff : sfgate – excerpt
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in his second State of the State address Wednesday that he’s urgently responding to housing shortfalls and homelessness.
“Today, we are making 286 state properties — vacant lots, fairgrounds, armories and other state buildings — available to be used by local governments, for free, for homelessness solutions,” Newsom said.
The governor didn’t specify the locations of these properties in his speech, but his office released a map of the sites to SFGATE. It includes more than three dozen locations in the Bay Area (see gallery above). The majority of these are Caltrans sites, including one on Indiana Street near 23 Street and the 280 Freeway in San Francisco, a location near Spencer Avenue in Sausalito, and a spot near Peralta and Third streets in West Oakland…
This year, Newsom wants to spend another $750 million combating homelessness and wants to give the money to as yet unnamed regional administrators instead of local governments. The independent Legislative Analysts’ Office has criticized that approach, saying it likely won’t have a meaningful impact.
Newsom counters that the homelessness problem is so bad the state needs to try something different..(more)
Can’t agree with him more on that point. Something different needs to be done because the current programs are not working.