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March 2022: CNN

Mar 4, 2022

California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveils a plan to help unhoused people with mental health and substance abuse issues through a court-ordered program

Chris Martin, policy director for the state-wide advocacy organization Housing California, said in a statement to CNN that the organization appreciates Newsom’s desire to address homelessness, but people know what it takes to end the problem: Affordable housing with services and care to sustain the housing.

“We also know these services work best when people use them voluntarily, rather than forcibly,” Martin’s statement read. “It is critical to ensure that efforts to enhance care and expand housing options for people with serious behavioral health conditions, including unhoused people, do not further criminalize them or take away their agency.”

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