California governor chides some cities, counties for failing to address housing crisis

While chiding other counties in the state, the governor praised San Mateo County for expanding a behavioral health center.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (CN) — Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday touted the expansion of a behavioral health treatment facility in the Bay Area, slamming some cities and counties for failing to tackle the homelessness and housing crisis the Golden State faces.

Standing before the San Mateo County building, Newsom pointed to Proposition 1 — a $6.4 billion bond issuance approved in March by voters — saying local governments now have unprecedented financial resources, despite budgetary cuts he announced on Friday.

“It’s time to do your job,” Newsom said. “It’s time to get things done.”

The Democrat said that billions of dollars in funding will become available soon. Notices of funding will be sent over the next few months, with application approvals happening in early fall. He expects money will reach local governments early next year.

The governor said he wants projects that quickly become reality, using Homekey as an example.

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