HomelessnessTo sweep homeless camps, California cities say they offer shelter. What that really means is up for debate
Police can’t force homeless people from encampments unless the city in question has “adequate shelter” to offer the people getting forced off the street, according to courts. Now everyone involved wants to know what “adequate shelter” is.
HousingFamilies have high hopes for Gavin Newsom’s CARE Courts. Providers want to lower expectations
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s big new experiment to push people with mental illness off the streets and into treatment starts this fall. Counties responsible for the rollout say it may end up being more modest than advertised.
HousingAs one more housing project stalls on noise concerns, another head sprouts from ‘CEQA Hydra’
Two different state courts have ruled recently that the human noise created by future tenants in housing projects are a form of pollution that cities must address. Lawmakers and the governor are working to reverse that novel interpretation of environmental law.
HousingMaking borrowing easier: Amendment to state constitution could unlock billions of dollars for California housing
Many local governments have more than half their voters approve a bond measure… but fewer than the two-thirds supermajority required. An effort to change that would drastically alter the ability of local governments to fund housing and infrastructure projects.
HousingCalifornia could borrow a record-breaking $35 billion to tackle the housing crisis. Will voters go along?
Three of the biggest housing bonds in state history are bound for the 2024 ballot. But with no shortage of crises facing the state, California can only borrow so much and voters may succumb to “bond fatigue.”
HealthHow California is fighting meth with gift cards
California’s experimental new program targets methamphetamine addiction by rewarding patients with gift cards for negative drug tests.
HousingSome of California’s “cheapest” cities have seen the biggest rent hikes
The lack of enough places for everyone to live has sent coastal rent prices inland, removing large swaths of previously cheaper rental units.
HomelessnessL.A.’s new homeless solution clears camps but struggles to house people
Los Angeles’ new homelessness solution is meant to quickly get people out of encampments and into housing – as the city grapples with the state’s largest population of unhoused residents. But the program is struggling to house people and connect them with social services.
Health‘Go to the people’: Street medicine teams bring health care to the unhoused
California’s more than 170,000 unhoused people often lack the means and mobility to locate and visit a doctor who will accept them. At least 25 street medicine teams throughout the state are trying to fill that gap by providing health care to unhoused individuals in need.
HousingMy house or my beach? How California’s housing crisis could weaken its coastal protections
The California Coastal Commission has broad authority to protect the state's shoreline. Now, some want to curtail its power over affordable housing proposals.