Level Of Homelessness Is A ​'Disgrace,' Newsom Says In Address

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California justice department on September 18, 2019 in Sacramento.
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Homelessness was the top concern of Gov. Gavin Newsom as he delivered his second State of the State address.

“Just call it what it is,” Newsom said Wednesday. “It’s a disgrace that the richest state, in the richest nation succeeding across so many sectors, is falling so far behind to properly house, heal and humanely treat so many of its own people.”

Newsom spent the majority of his speech talking about the explosion of homelessness across the state and emphasized his commitment to fixing the growing problem, and make affordable housing an accessible option for California residents.

“Every day the California dream is dimmed by the wrenching reality of families, children and seniors living unfed on a concrete bed,” Newsom said.

Newsom addressed ways to tackle homelessness, pointing out new programs and encouraging legislation to put funds under local governments’ control, in order to expedite housing construction and investments in mental health programs.

“I don’t think homelessness can be solved, I know that homelessness can be solved,” Newsom said. “It is our cause, it is our calling. Let’s all rise to the challenge and make California stand up.”