Governor Newsom to make Bakersfield visit Thursday

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FILE – In this April 12, 2019, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom answers a reporter’s question about a report he presented concerning the worsening wildfires in the state, during a news conference, in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Newsom has rejected a $13.5 billion settlement that Pacific Gas & Electric struck just last week with thousands of people who lost homes, businesses and family members in a series of devastating fires that drove the nation’s largest utility into bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Governor Gavin Newsom will be in Bakersfield Thursday highlighting services being offered to combat homelessness and building affordable housing in the area and the state, his office said.

Newsom’s office said the governor will meet in Bakersfield with several homeless veterans about the state’s homeless crisis.

In Kern County, the most recent point in time count of homeless people conducted by the Kern County Homeless Collaborative rose by 50% over a 2018 count.

Newsom has signed legislation that would provide over half a billion dollars in emergency in funding to counties for local homelessness programs. Kern County would receive a portion of $39 million in funding.

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