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Newsom’s Actions On Homelessness, One Year Into His Term

Homelessness on Skid Row, photographed on June 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (James Bernal for KPCC) James Bernal
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During his campaign for governor, Gavin Newsom vowed to take bold action on the state's homelessness crisis. Since taking office, he’s taken several important steps.

Newsom signed more than a dozen bills and invested a billion dollars last year to get homeless people off the streets.

When he unveiled his second budget, Newsom showed he's not finished.

“On the issue of homelessness, we are investing over a billion dollars yet again to address the issue that defines our times,” he said.

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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg co-chairs the governor's commission on homelessness, and said Newsom has acted with urgency.

"He is the first governor ever, at least in my memory, who is prioritizing homelessness and mental health,” said Steinberg. “And he deserves an enormous amount of credit for it.”