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Gov. Newsom taps Mayor Steinberg to lead new California commission on homeless
The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday appointed Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg to lead a new state commission focused on the state’s homeless crisis.

“Mayors, county supervisors and city councils around the state are working hard to reduce homelessness and its underlying causes. But we’ve got to have their backs. They cannot do it alone,” Newsom said during his State of the State address at the Capitol. “So to help lead the discussion … I’m appointing Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg to a new Commission on Homelessness and Supportive Housing. Thank you, Mayor Steinberg, for your willingness to step up and step in to this debate and to lead our efforts.”

Newsom proposed the state allocate $500 million for “navigation centers,” or emergency shelters with services on site. He also proposed another $100 million for “whole person care” services to homeless people.