Gavin Newsom Admits California ‘Has Not Made Progress’ On Its Homelessness Crisis
Downey, CA - March 18: Governor Gavin Newsom speaks about his plan to have insulin available to everyone for 30 dollars during the Tour of the State of California at Kaiser Permanente central refill pharmacy in Downey on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
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Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom admitted during an interview this week that his state has not made any progress in fixing its homelessness crisis, despite throwing billions of dollars at the problem.

A recent report from The Wall Street Journal said that California “accounts for 12% of the U.S. population, has about half of the nation’s unsheltered homeless, an estimated 115,000 people, according to federal and state data last year.”

Newsom was asked about the crisis during a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity on Monday night.

At one point Hannity tried showing Newsom charts of the problem, to which Newsom responded that he didn’t want to look at them.

“This state has not made progress in the last two decades as it relates to homelessness,” he admitted. “Because housing costs are too high, our regulatory thickets are too problematic, localism has been too impactful, meaning people locally are pushing back against new housing starts and construction.”

Newsom blamed former Republican California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who left office in 2011, for the state’s homelessness problem. The Wall Street Journal noted that California’s homeless population “grew about 50% between 2014 and 2022.”


“I’ve been there four years. I can’t make up for the fact in 2005, we had a historic number of homeless under a Republican administration,” he claimed.

“Right now, there’s 171,000 estimated,” Hannity fired back.

Newsom admitted that it was “disgraceful,” saying, “I’m not here defending it.”

“I don’t like what’s happening in streets and sidewalks,” he later added. “I don’t like the bashing of my old city of San Francisco.”


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