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Government Watchdog: Newsom Homeless Plan Unlikely To Have A Major Impact


California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal likely won’t have a meaningful impact on the nation’s largest homeless population, according to a new analysis from the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Newsom’s proposal “falls short of articulating a clear strategy for curbing homelessness in California” by shifting decision-making authority away from local governments that have historically handled the bulk of homeless services in the state, the LAO wrote in a report released Tuesday.

State officials have taken a more active role in funding homeless service programs, sending $1.2 billion to local governments over the past two years to bolster their efforts.

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