California asks Trump for housing vouchers to aid homeless

first_img The only thing California should ask Trump to do is to leave the country and not come back. HomeBriefsCalifornia asks Trump for housing vouchers to aid homeless Sep. 17, 2019 at 5:40 amBriefsGovernmentHomelessnessNewsPoliticsCalifornia asks Trump for housing vouchers to aid homelessGuest Author2 years agoeric garcettifundinggavin newsomhomelesshousing voucherstrump 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.”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.DON THOMPSON Associated PressTags :eric garcettifundinggavin newsomhomelesshousing voucherstrumpshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment Ohall Right says: September 17, 2019 at 10:53 PM Comments are closed. 1 Comment Trump seeks to spring upset in New Mexico next yearTwo individuals injured in separate bike accidentsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press11 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agolast_img read more