With the expected budget surplus of $ 75.7 billion in California, the mayors of California’s 13 largest cities said they are spending support to spend $ 4 billion to address the state’s homeless crisis.
Elected officials from Santa Ana and Anaheim joined a mayoral coalition on June 10 to support a proposal to help $ 1 billion annually to help the homeless.
“The city of Santa Ana now spends about $ 25 million a year addressing homelessness, including shelters, housing, public health and safety, and support services,” spokesman Paul Eakins told The Epoch Times. ‘While the city of Santa Ana is doing its part to address homelessness, there is a great need to resolve this nationwide and nationwide crisis. Any additional funding from the state would be a welcome addition to our efforts. ”
To combat homelessness in Santa Ana, the city has a 200-bed shelter that will be replaced by a permanent shelter currently under construction. Eakins said the city has also partnered with affordable housing developers to build permanent housing projects designed to help more than 430 homeless people.
The mayoral coalition is calling for more spending by the state to combat the homeless crisis by continuing and adding new support services. The coalition said it did not believe there was a single budget resolution to successfully address and end the cycle of homelessness.
“The complexity of homelessness requires that we not just say that it will be resolved in one magical budget,” Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh said at the May 10 meeting. “We’ve been in this business for a long time. The complexity of mental health, the complexity of addiction requires that we get people into shelter, but we also need to have those comprehensive support services. That’s what we’re asking for, it’s not a one-off budget, we’re asking for continued flexible funding to deal with the crisis. ”
According to data from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) 2019, there are 151,000 people nationwide who are homeless, with 27 percent of the country’s homeless population living in California.
“The mayor’s coalition of the big city is a two-party coalition,” said San Jose mayor San Licicardo. ‘While parties may find many things to disagree with, especially in Congress, we find here as mayor that we can work together … we are absolutely focused and committed to agreement and support this annual grant of $ 1 billion a year in a flexible dollar that we can put to work immediately. ”
The mayor’s coalition consists of representatives from San Jose, San Diego, Fresno, San Francisco, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Anaheim, Bakersfield, Riverside, Santa Ana and Stockton.
The money is intended to raise $ 75.7 billion from the state budget surplus. The vote by the State and the Assembly for the allocation of these funds is expected by July. If successful, the funds will be allocated in August or September.