California Gov. Gavin Newsom, center, holds a new conference at PATH San Diego’s Connections Housing facility in downtown San Diego after the annual point-in-time homeless count, Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2020, in San Diego (Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
UPDATED 6:28 PM PT — Thursday, January 23, 2020
On Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom began rolling out what he’s calling “accelerated state action on homelessness.” Newsom announced 30 state owned FEMA trailers are heading to Los Angeles County to serve as emergency shelters.
The move came as part of Newsom’s $750 million executive order, which was issued earlier this month to combat homelessness. The city of Oakland has already received 15 trailers and up to 100 are expected to be used across the state in total.
The plan has come under scrutiny for its high cost to taxpayers. Critics have also argued shelters alone are not the answer.
FILE – In this Monday, July 1, 2019 file photo, a homeless man moves his belongings from a street behind Los Angeles City Hall as crews prepared to clean the area. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Newsom fired back, saying he is also investing money in medical for better mental health care.
“We gotta own up to this in a way we haven’t in the past. We’ve done good work to support our social service safety net. That has now changed. We have a plan.” – Gavin Newsom, Governor of California
The Department of Urban Housing and Development estimated about 151,000 people are homeless in California alone.
Moving forward, the Los Angeles trailers are expected to arrive no later than February 7th.