Press Release

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, AB 3300 cleared the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on a 6-1 vote. Authored by several legislators representing different regions across the state, and supported by over a hundred local leaders, housing and homelessness advocates, this dual bill and budget proposal would allocate an ongoing investment of $2 billion to local governments to expedite the delivery of much needed housing and critical services.

California’s homelessness crisis will undoubtedly worsen due to the economic hardship brought on by COVID-19. A recent analysis estimates a 40 to 45 percent increase in homelessness by the end of 2020, and evidence of this increase is already being reported in California. The State must prioritize an adequate investment of funds to withstand a surge of homelessness and prevent those housed during COVID-19 from landing back on the streets post-pandemic.    

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, Assembly Bill 2218, authored by Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and co-authored by Assembly Member Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) passed out of Assembly Health Committee with a 12-1 vote. Sponsored by a broad coalition of transgender-led organizations, this bill will provide critical medical and direct supportive services for transgender, gender non-conforming and/or intersex people, otherwise known as TGI.

“Everyone should have equal access to health care regardless of their gender identity,” said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago. “California’s TGI community is facing obstacles in receiving safe, non-discriminatory, comprehensive care, and COVID-19 has exacerbated these existing health care disparities. This fund will provide the means to create programs where TGI-identified people can receive safe, competent, and inclusive health care and other social services.”

Monday, May 18, 2020

(Sacramento, CA) – As of today, undocumented Californians are able to apply for the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), which is a one-time cash assistance for undocumented Californian adults who have been impacted by COVID-19. The DRAI program is entirely state-funded and is not means-tested. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The disaster relief assistance amount is $500 per person, with a maximum of two individuals ($1000) per household.

“It is not news that undocumented immigrants have been hit hard by this pandemic,” said Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles). “I’m proud that California stepped up to provide this much needed assistance when the federal government failed to do so. It is important that eligible applicants apply as soon as possible. My team and I are here to help.”

Thursday, May 14, 2020

(Sacramento, CA) – On the heels of the Governor’s May Budget Revise, which outlined a plan to confront the projected $54.3 billion budget deficit, Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

"Today's doomsday budget proposal is devastating," said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago. “While we must brace ourselves for some trying times, we must not lose sight of our core values and priorities. As the representative of the second poorest district in our state, I will continue to prioritize solutions to homelessness and the creation of affordable housing through an ongoing funding investment in AB 3300. I will also fight to close the digital divide for our K-12 students, serve food to our most vulnerable, and protect workers and jobs from all sectors. California has proven to be resilient during dark times, and, together, we will overcome."

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

State and Local Leaders Double down Efforts for an ongoing $2 Billion Investment

(Sacramento, CA) – State and local leaders, along with housing and homelessness advocates, continue to push for a historic ongoing investment of $2 billion amid COVID-19. California’s homelessness crisis will undoubtedly worsen due to the economic hardship brought on by COVID-19. The State must make every effort to prevent those housed during the pandemic from landing back on the streets post-pandemic. Allowing people to fall back into homelessness would not only pose significant health risks, but would also send an inhumane message.

“What good is it to house homeless people now if they’ll just land back on the streets after funding dries up post-pandemic?” said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles). “We need an ongoing funding investment or else homelessness will explode unimaginably. California cannot afford to let the homelessness crisis worsen beyond its reach. We must invest now to save countless lives.”