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Gov. Newsom tackles homeless crisis, turning state properties into homeless sites

Turning vacant lots to house the homeless is part of Governor Gavin Newsom's plan to tackle homelessness. One of those sites is in the heart of Red Bluff.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 7:32 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2020 10:28 AM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - Turning vacant lots to house the homeless is part of Governor Gavin Newsom's plan to tackle homelessness.

There are 286 sites that the Governor is looking at. Newsom says these sites would be used by the local governments, as a solution to the homeless problem. It would turn state-owned properties, like vacant lots or fairgrounds, into homeless sites.

One of these sites is in the heart of Red Bluff, right next to Highway 36.

Action News Now spoke to a worker in Red Bluff, Derral Campbell who likes the idea.

“It appears to be proactive and they've got the space,” Campbell said. “If they can use the space for a good end, I say go with it.”

People say that using empty lots is a good idea.

“I think that's a great use,” said Campbell. “They're going to have spend some money on some upkeep though.”

But local businesses are concerned that this proposed plan could attract more homeless people to the area.

“I’m a little concerned about drawing more homeless people into this community where we already have a huge population,” said Sharon Wilkes, who owns a nearby business. “If you put too many beds in one location it’s going to attract from outside areas.”

But some believe this is a good first step to getting people off the street.

“Anything to get them out of the doorways and off our benches is a step in the right direction,” said Wilkes.

To view an interactive map of other sites that could be used, CLICK HERE.

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