Cities should advocate for new funding in the FY 2018–19 state budget to help local government efforts to address California’s growing homelessness crisis. Cities are on the forefront of this crisis and without more resources, the crisis will only continue to grow. State funding for local homelessness programs is extremely important to ensure quality of life and economic viability for all Californians.
Between now and the June 15 budget deadline, the budget conference committee will convene to finalize the state budget, including allocating funding for homelessness. It is important that legislators hear from city officials and why cities need flexible funding for a range of purposes including emergency responses to homelessness that include shelters, navigation centers, bridge housing, and motel vouchers.
The conference committee will debate and come to a compromise on the following:
- Mayors from California’s 11 largest cities are advocating for $1.5 billion for emergency responses to homelessness that include funding for shelters, navigation centers and bridge housing.
- The Senate has introduced a $5 billion proposal that allocates funds to homelessness and affordable housing programs over four years.
- Gov. Jerry Brown dedicated $350 million in one-time spending in his May Revise Budget with $250 million earmarked for Homelessness Emergency Aid block grants targeted at local governments. Unfortunately, with many factors contributing to the growing issue of homelessness, this funding is just not enough to address the complexities of the issue.
Cities are encouraged to contact their legislators
as well as submit a letter
to the Governor, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and the Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) stressing the immediate need for additional funding.