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Newsom Is Offering State Property For Homeless Housing. One City Already Has An Idea

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Governor Newsom’s plan to reduce homelessness includes leasing state-owned property to local governments for shelters or other homeless services.

The Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa is one of those properties on the table. Mayor Katrina Foley already has a plan: 1,500 units of affordable, veterans and homeless housing.

“That would basically end veteran’s homelessness in Orange County,” Foley said of her proposal.

The current buildings would be demolished after the last resident moves out of the facility later this year. The development center had been slated for closure.

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Foley submitted her proposal to Newsom last month. She said the initial response from his office was positive. Still, she said she doesn’t know how much the new units will cost, who will pay, or who would run it.

“We’re up in the treetops. We’re very conceptual at this point,” Foley said.

She doesn’t expect anything to be built for at least another year.