California lawmakers grill Newsom administration on homelessness spending and lack of data

California lawmakers in a key committee in the Assembly on Monday made clear their patience is wearing thin with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration and its lack of data on homelessness and housing spending.

The Assembly’s Budget Subcommittee on Oversight and Accountability held the two-hour-long hearing that centered around the state’s Homelessness Housing and Assistance grant Program (also known as HHAP funding). Since 2019, lawmakers and the governor have agreed to dedicate between $300 million to $1 billion a year to help large cities and all counties with their homelessness response. The administration showed up to the hearing without any data on the effectiveness of the program.