California’s capital city sees rise in homelessness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New government data show the number of people experiencing homelessness in Sacramento County has increased 19% over the last two years.

The results of a survey conducted in January come as communities across California see the cost of living rise and growing numbers of people living on the streets.

State lawmakers approved a half-billion dollars in emergency funding for homelessness services last year. Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed to increase that spending to $650 million. He has also tapped Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg to head a statewide task force on homelessness.

Steinberg says communities have yet to see the full impact of that money as officials still seek to open new shelters. He says the data show progress in addressing chronic homelessness, which is reason for hope.

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