$2 Billion Proposal to Combat Homeless Surge Advances

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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.”

Through Assembly Bill 3300, the state would appropriate on going funding to cities, counties, homeless continuums of care, and affordable housing development to expedite the delivery of homeless housing and critical services.

AB 3300 will be heard in the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 2:30pm.

Assembly Member Miguel Santiago is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance and the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Los Angeles County Homelessness. He also sits on the Assembly Committees on Public Safety, Health, Higher Education and Utilities and Energy. He represents the 53rd District composed of the cities of Los Angeles, Huntington Park, and Vernon.