The governor threw communities into disarray two weeks ago by withholding $1 billion in homelessness funding for plans he saw as unambitious. Local officials said this discouraged ambitious programs. Now Newsom is yielding.
The first count of unsheltered people in three years showed that the overall number of homeless individuals had increased by 3% in Santa Clara County (to 10,028) and increased by 11% (to 6,739) in the city limits of San José.
In calling for a better coordinated effort to respond to a crisis in mental health services, supervisors voted unanimously to ask county staff to begin 'systemwide planning' to address mental health issues and shortages in the mental health care workforce.
The SureStay Hotel near Mineta San Jose International Airport is proving to be anything but that for formerly unhoused residents, whom the city of San Jose wants to charge $627 per month—about 66% of many tenants’ monthly income.