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Day two of David Pecker testimony wraps in NY Trump trial; Supreme Court hears arguments on Idaho's near-total abortion ban; ND sees a flurry of campaigning among Native candidates; and NH lags behind other states in restricting firearms at polling sites.

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The Senate moves forward with a foreign aid package. A North Carolina judge overturns an aged law penalizing released felons. And child protection groups call a Texas immigration policy traumatic for kids.

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Wyoming needs more educators who can teach kids trade skills, a proposal to open 40-thousand acres of an Ohio forest to fracking has environmental advocates alarmed and rural communities lure bicyclists with state-of-the-art bike trail systems.

CA lawmakers propose $100 billion for shelters, affordable housing

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Thursday, February 22, 2024   

Democratic leaders in the U.S. House and Senate reintroduced the Housing for All Act, which would put about $100 billion over 10 years toward solving the crisis of people experiencing homelessness.

The bill would fund federal programs to build affordable housing and provide emergency shelter.

Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., who is co-sponsoring the bill, said housing is a human right, not a privilege.

"There are more than 653,000 people experiencing homelessness in the United States, including over 181,000 here in the State of California," Padilla pointed out. "We know that there is a shortage of 7.3 million affordable homes in the country. So the stakes are indeed high."

Opponents of the bill cited concerns about cost. On Tuesday local, county, state and federal leaders spoke at a Project Homekey site in Los Angeles, a program started during the pandemic to turn old motels into permanent supportive housing with wraparound services to address issues of addiction, mental health and unemployment.

Dhakshike Wickrema, deputy secretary for homelessness at the California Business Consumer Services and Housing Agency, touted the program's successes.

"Homekey has funded over 15,000 homes in 250 projects across California," Wickrema reported. "These projects will serve almost 170,000 residents."

Karen Bass, mayor of Los Angeles, noted the bill would also fund programs to keep people from being evicted.

"One of the fastest-growing sectors of the unhoused population are our elders, seniors who maybe worked in retail their whole life, didn't have a 401(k), didn't have a pension," Bass outlined. "Social Security really will not pay for anything in Los Angeles and they wind up unhoused."

The proposal would also establish a commission to focus on racial equity in housing.


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