On the second day of his weeklong tour of homelessness, Gov. Gavin Newsom visited a board and care home near downtown Los Angeles, lamenting the state’s burgeoning population of people without basic housing as “a human crisis.”
Surrounded by residents and employees at the Harvard Heights facility, Newsom emphasized that the state, cities and counties need to take leadership in addressing the homelessness issue.
Resident John LaChapelle, 52, talks about how difficult it was to live on the streets as Governor Gavin Newsom visits a board and care home in Los Angeles’ Harvard Heights neighborhood with Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas during his weeklong homelessness tour on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Resident Dalaino Cammon, 49, who was homeless for six years, also lives at the home. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)
“No longer can we volunteer our support,” he said. “No longer can we encourage a response to this. We need to mandate it. We need accountability. We need to own this. And we need to own up to our responsibility to do more and do better.”