AXIOS March 4, 2024
Andrew Keatts

California voters on Tuesday could approve an overhaul of the state’s approach to mental health treatment and homelessness, creating a blueprint supporters hope — and opponents fear — could be replicated elsewhere.

Why it matters: The measure is Gov. Gavin Newsom’s answer to a chronic homelessness crisis that ranks among residents’ biggest concerns in a state home to 28% of the country’s homeless population.

How it works: Proposition 1 would let the state borrow $6.4 billion to build mental health treatment beds and supportive housing for homeless residents and would allow the state to keep a larger percent of its existing “millionaire tax,” with less going directly to counties.

  • It also would require counties to redistribute state dollars toward...

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