Sacramento, CA — The League of California Cities on Thursday commended the bipartisan leadership of legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown for their support of the No Place Like Home initiative. Governor Brown signed AB 1628 on Sept. 13 to help implement the bond financing of the proposal, contained in AB 1618 approved as part of the budget, that provides $2 billion in funding to help mentally ill homeless men, women and children secure needed housing and services. The estimated 10,000 units created by the measure will help many individuals get off the streets.
League President and Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael commended the leadership that led to the creation of this new housing program: “We appreciate that Senate President pro Tem de León put forward this innovative solution that received bipartisan support and the Governor’s signature. This is a step in the right direction and offers the flexibility and funding we at the local level need to effectively work with our local agency colleagues and the nonprofit community to help those who so desperately need shelter. California cities are at the forefront of this crisis, so these resources will be very helpful,” said Michael. “The League was a strong supporter of this proposal since February and we are glad to see it come together.”
Cities are struggling to identify resources and need flexible funding to implement best practices and innovative solutions that meet the needs of the homeless people in their communities. There are about 116,000 homeless people in California, accounting for 21 percent of the nation’s homeless population, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The state saw the second-largest increase in homelessness between 2014 and 2015. Resources to assist California’s cities and counties house the homeless have been reduced by cuts in federal and state funding for affordable housing, the loss of local redevelopment agencies and other key programs.
Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.