SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday asked President Donald Trump to approve more housing vouchers as Trump’s administration weighs in on the most populous state’s massive homelessness problem.

Members of the administration visited Los Angeles last week to view the city’s sprawling homeless encampments after Trump told his staff to develop policy options to address the national crisis of people living on the streets.

The Democratic governor and officials representing California cities and counties sent the Republican president a letter asserting that “shelter solves sleep, but only housing solves homelessness.”

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Their letter asks Trump to provide 50,000 more housing vouchers through two existing programs and to increase the value of the vouchers to account for high rents. That would help “a significant proportion of our unsheltered population,” including thousands of military veterans, they wrote.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat, invited Trump in July to tour the city’s streets. Garcetti estimated that 36,000 people in the city are homeless on any given night, while thousands sleep on streets in other California cities.

Newsom’s office could not immediately say how much more the voucher proposal would cost.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials did not immediately comment.

The California officials also asked Trump to create a program to encourage landlords to work better with voucher holders.

“Pairing more vouchers with an increase in the fair market rent value of the vouchers, you have the ability to make a meaningful difference in the lives of so many who suffer on our streets,” the officials wrote.

They defended California’s attempts to deal with poverty while contrasting the administration’s “significant cuts” to public housing and community grant programs. They asked Trump to also work with Congress to increase funding for 300,000 new housing vouchers nationwide.


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Comments (4)
  1. marlene hessler says:

    California massively contributes to its own homeless problem via REFUSAL TO BUILD OUR WALL and thereby massively reduce the numbers of homeless defecating on their streets. Therefore, let California pick up the tab for its failures.

  2. Michael Allen says:

    Isn’t that ironic? The governor asking Trump for help while thumbing his nose at everything else? Declare yourself a “sanctuary state” and proclaim you don’t have to follow federal law then come running with your hand out? That’s not how “united states” are supposed to work! Sorry Gov. but you and Brown helped create this mess, now you need to dig yourself out of it!

    Keep making it more expensive to live and keep throwing good money after bad! That’s been the vicious cycle the past 10 years!

  3. Mary Olkowski says:

    Empty your own pocket books. After all, you all have been poaching off the taxpayer to the count of millions and billions in you own pocket books all the while paying nothing for your personal illegal laboring slaves. Oh. . . and that’s why so many Americans are living on the streets. You have trashed this state. YOU take care of it.

  4. kim elliot cain wilson says:

    Ok so this gov.ask trump for more help in the housing for the vet fine give it to them but put in that if it does not all 100.% go to vets all there help is cut off don’t use are vets as pounds they have been play hard as it is may be being a “sanctuary state” was not sech a good idea after

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