SACRAMENTO — SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will withhold $1 billion in state funding from cities and counties because he says local governments are failing to get people off the streets fast enough.
Newsom’s Thursday morning announcement represents some of the accountability Newsom has long promised on homelessness, one of the Golden State’s most pressing problems. His administration has put billions of dollars for housing and homeless funding in the state budget, which Republicans and some Democrats say isn’t being used effectively. The funds Newsom is now withholding include more than $180 million allocated for local governments in the Bay Area.