Sacramento Report: Sound Familiar? Newsom Budget Will Fund Homeless Shelters, Navigation Centers

1401 Imperial Avenue

The San Diego City Council voted to purchase this former indoor skydiving facility at 1401 Imperial Ave. in hopes of making it the city’s first homeless navigation center. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget, which he unveiled on Thursday, includes $500 million to help address the homelessness crisis.

His proposal might sound familiar to San Diegans.

Though Newsom and housing advocates across the state agree in principal that the so-called “housing first” approach to homelessness is most effective – getting people off the streets and into permanent housing, as opposed to first treating underlying conditions in temporary settings – he acknowledged some of the money will go to help local governments build other kinds of solutions, like temporary shelters and housing navigation centers.

Those are two homelessness solutions San Diego officials have spent the last year working on.

As Lisa Halverstadt…

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