9 California mayors ask Gov. Gavin Newsom for $3 billion over 3 years for homeless

SACRAMEDO, California – The mayors of nine of California’s largest cities are facing a “fiscal cliff” created by the end of effective state funding programs that have served 25,000 homeless Californians.

They met in Sacramento with a message to the state: expand funding for critical homeless programs.

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In 2020, the state allocated funds for the homeless, housing, assistance and prevention, or HHAP funds, to combat the big problem plaguing California.

Cities and counties could use this money in homeless interventions to keep people off the streets.

Mayors say the money was crucial to housing thousands of residents across the state, but the funds are going to run out next year.

“We have built a lot of momentum,” said Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer. “We have given a lot of hope to our homeless population. Now is not the time to lose that momentum.”

Mayors include Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Todd Gloria of San Diego, Sam Liccardo of San Jose, Jerry Dyer of Fresno, Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, Karen Goh of Bakersfield, and Kevin Lincoln from Stockton, Patricia Lock Dawson from Riverside and Vicente Sarmien. Per.

Outside in the cold, there is no place to call home, and many are without hope. This is the situation for the homeless population living in the state.

Special government funding to help this at-risk population will soon expire despite the impact it has already caused.

Since the funds were first allocated, 25,000 residents have been served and the capacity of the shelters has increased by more than 9,000 beds.

“They make a profound difference in resolving the homeless crisis and it is one of the best investments and investments that best responds to the moral crisis recognized by Californians,” said Mayor Schaaf.

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The cities of Mayor Schaaf and Mayor Liccardo were the beneficiaries of part of these funds.

In Auckland, 741 new shelter beds have housed 1,400 people.

In San Jose, four separate high-rise apartment communities have evacuated hundreds of residents from the streets.

“This is a success that we can repeat and escalate if we continue HHAP,” said Mayor Liccardo. “We need flexibility, we need to be able to move flexibly, faster, more economically to really deal with this crisis.”

The mayors of big cities want the state to provide $ 1 billion a year for three more years of this flexible funding for the homeless.

“Without this ongoing funding, about two-thirds of our existing shelter systems and these innovations will fall off a budget cliff,” said Mayor Schaaf.

“That’s why we are here pushing together to give hope to our communities by continuing HHAP,” said Mayor Liccardo.

The mayors met with Governor Gavin Newsom on their proposal Monday afternoon.

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