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California Gov. Gavin Newsom's latest plan for the state's homelessness crisis asks voters to fund a major expansion of housing and treatment for residents suffering from mental illness and addiction. Newsom announced Sunday that he will ask allies in the Democratic-controlled Legislature for a measure on the 2024 ballot to authorize funding to build residential facilities where over 10,000 people a year could live and be treated. The plan is the latest by the governor who took office in 2019 vowing to own the issue of homelessness in a state where an estimated 171,000 were unhoused last year.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state will pay to build 1,200 small homes to help house the homeless population. The Democratic governor made the announcement Thursday in Sacramento flanked by prototypes of the homes. It's the first stop of his planned four-city tour to make major policy announcements on housing, health care and public safety. The tour is replacing Newsom's traditional State of the State address. Newsom said local governments will decide where the small homes will go. He said the homes could go on state-owned land if it is available. Newsom said the homes can quickly house people currently living in encampments.

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California's reparations task force still has not made key decisions about what reparations may look like or how much Black Californians may be paid. But time is running out. The group has a July 1 deadline to issue a report to lawmakers with recommendations. Economists advising the task force say they still need access to data in order to come up with more complete dollar estimates that quantify the impact of discriminatory policies on African Americans. Any recommendations that go into the task force's final report would then be in the hands of state lawmakers before a reparations program could be implemented.

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The Georgia House is pushing forward a plan aimed at doing more to recruit mental health care workers, and finding ways to help people who bounce between hospitals, jails and homelessness. Representatives voted 163-3 on Thursday to pass the bill, sending it to the Senate for more debate. Supporters say the measure builds on a big mental health care push spearheaded in 2022 by the late House Speaker David Ralston. The bill would try to add more workers by forgiving student loans for nurses and others. The bill would also require a series of studies, including a look at beds available for inpatient mental health care.

Democratic lawmakers in Oregon have proposed a $200 million spending package to tackle homelessness and housing. Much of it would fund the homelessness state of emergency declared by Gov. Tina Kotek when she took office last month. Part of the money would go toward expanding homeless services for youth and in rural areas. The measure also aims to boost affordable housing construction by changing land-use rules and investing in the factory production of modular homes. Lawmakers said they hope to pass the bill by mid-March, in order to address the housing shortage and the rise in homelessness.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a first-of-its kind law to expand the ways in which people with severe mental health disorders can tap into court-ordered treatment. Critics say the model will force some people with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders into taking medication and therapy. California has spent billions of dollars to address homelessness. But residents say they're still confronted by homeless people who need psychiatric intervention. Newsom is a Democrat and former mayor of San Francisco. He says it's inhumane to allow sick people to languish outdoors. His model allows family members and others to petition a judge to draw up a year-long treatment plan.

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