Governor’s Bold Action to Address Homelessness

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Governor Gavin Newsom on a visit to Skid Row last year.

Statement by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Co-Chair of the Council of Regional Homeless Advisors, on the Governor’s Bold Action to Address Homelessness

“I applaud Governor Gavin Newsom for responding with urgency and conviction to address what I consider the moral and civic crisis of our time.

“By signing a compendium of critical legislation, he removed regulatory barriers that have slowed or prevented us from building supportive housing and shelters. This complements his historic $1 billion investment in the state budget specifically to address homelessness.

“Today, the Governor directed his Council of Regional Homeless Advisors to identify the most effective ways to spend state money to alleviate chronic street homelessness. He also sought recommendations for bringing our most vulnerable residents indoors and providing them with treatment and other services.

“I am confident that the Council will rise to the challenge with urgency and conviction to identify the short- and long-term solutions that the Governor has requested.

“The Governor has used the power of his purse and his pen to take bold steps to help address this humanitarian crisis. His Council of Regional Homeless Advisors will heed his call and work swiftly to identify complementary solutions to build on this effort, motivated by our common goal and obligation — making sure all Californians have a roof over their head and are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”