Newsom cuts poverty programs - Page 2


Way more clients will be served with standard outpatient programs."

Newsom press secretary Nathan Ballard didn't directly address the Guardian's questions on the mayor's proposed cuts, focusing only on new initiatives: "In the area of substance abuse, the budget proposes $525,000 to expand existing partnerships and foster new alliances to provide an additional 50 emergency and stabilization beds for the city's homeless."

Prada said Newsom's budget is vague on how it intends to meet such goals with reduced funding. One thing poverty advocates and the budget numbers make clear is that the mayor is proposing significantly reduced resources for the poor, homeless, and drug addicted — money that he wants to divert to police, street cleaning, and other "back-to-basics" proposals. (Chris Albon)

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