Newsom Proposes Billions More For Rent Relief


Gov. Gavin Newsom’s updated budget plan projects a record $97.5 billion surplus, and on Friday he said he wants to put a chunk of that windfall toward rent relief.

California has already directed more than $5 billion in federalfunding toward paying off debts accrued by low-income renters during the pandemic. Now, Newsom’s budget proposes another $2.7 billion in state funding to help applicants still waiting to get paid.

“That program has billions and billions of dollars of requests that cannot be met with federal money,” Newsom said at a press conference where he unveiled his revised annual budget plan.

“We’re looking to use a portion of our surplus to provide an additional $2.7 billion for an $8.1 billion total program to address the rental anxieties that so many Californians face,” he said.

So far, the state has delivered more than $3.2 billion in rent relief, with more than half of that funding going toward tenants and landlords in L.A. County alone. More funding has been distributed by local rent relief efforts in various cities and counties across the state.

But many applicants are still waiting for approval and payment. Madeline Howard, a senior attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty, said the dollar amount may be new, but Newsom’s overall plan isn’t — because state lawmakers already committed to paying those applicants.


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