California Gov. Newsom begs Trump admin to release money to fight homelessness

Written by Reuters | Source: Reuters | December 06, 2019 12:28 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - In the latest skirmish over California’s homeless crisis, the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, asked President Donald Trump on Thursday to stop withholding federal housing vouchers that could benefit 50,000 homeless people.

Newsom told Trump he could “immediately order” the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to issue federal housing vouchers, a program to assist low-income families, the elderly and the disabled find affordable homes in the private market.

“With a single stroke of your pen, you can make a major, positive impact on homelessness right away,” the Democratic governor said in a statement issued by his office. 

An estimated 130,000 people are homeless in California on any given day, more than any other state, HUD says.

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