Gov. Newsom launches task force to spread homelessness across California

Gov. Gavin Newsom launched a task force on Tuesday that will spread homeless camps from Los Angeles and San Francisco to every corner of the state.

“In 2015, LA only spent $100 million on homeless camps, but last year the city dramatically expanded their reach by spending $600 million,” the governor said. “The state can do better than that with only $1 billion.”

Newsom made the announcement in Oakland, where the number of homeless people rose 43 percent over the last two years.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg will co-chair the new task force due to his success in building affordable housing on flood control levees. The governor’s office said he will appoint other members as homelessness expands to their communities.

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