Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday started a week-long statewide tour to promote the $1 billion plan he has to alleviate California's growing homeless problem. The Democratic governor began the trip with a Republican state lawmaker, and got a closer look at a Nevada County program being used in Grass Valley. That particular program provides assistance and low-barrier housing for those in need.
"Homelessness isn't just a concern in our cities – it's a suburban issue and a rural issue, too. No Californian can say that homelessness is someone else’s problem," said Governor Newsom. "Every corner of our state has too many people living on the streets. And the crisis puts stress on public resources, from emergency rooms to jails to public works departments. It takes an unprecedented level of partnership between local, state, and federal government."
The Governor has faced criticism from Republican President Donald Trump, who last week took another verbal shot at the state's Democratic leadership for failing to adequately address homelessness.
Newsom also plans to make stops in a Southern California suburban area, Los Angeles County, the Central Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area during his tour.
Watch the Governor's news conference by clicking here.