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California governor targets homeless crisis in budget, order

Posted at 11:21 AM, Jan 08, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's governor is seeking $750 million in part to help pay rent for people facing homelessness in the most populous state's latest attempt to fight what he called a national crisis.

Gov. Gavin Newsom planned to sign an executive order Wednesday creating the fund, two days before he presents his second annual budget proposal to the state Legislature.

The governor also directed the state to provide local governments with 100 travel trailers and tents for temporary housing and services.

The state's worsening affordable housing and homelessness problem has prompted anger and outrage from citizens and repeated criticism from President Donald Trump aimed at Newsom and other Democratic leaders.