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In California gubernatorial race, Cox says state should force homeless into treatment

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Posted at 5:45 PM, Jun 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-28 20:45:02-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican candidate for California governor has proposed forcing homeless people into mental health or addiction treatment before providing them housing.

That's one piece of John Cox's plan to cut homelessness in half within five years. He's running in an expected recall election against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

California is home to more than a quarter of the nation's people experiencing homelessness.

Cox also says he would step up enforcement against people living on the streets and work to speed the construction of more housing.

Newsom's administration is working to convert hotel rooms into permanent housing for homeless people.

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