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Assembly Advances Package of Bills to Address Homelessness

Package of legislation aims reduce homelessness and ensure funds are used efficiently 

(Sacramento, CA) – A package of bills proposed by California lawmakers to tackle California’s homelessness crisis passed the California State Assembly this week. The proposals aim to establish aggressive new strategies, ensure accountability, and increase funding to address homelessness.

On any given night, more than 150,000 Californians experience homelessness, and the state has the highest rate of unsheltered homeless individuals in the nation. Even as people are housed, more are falling into homelessness. In Los Angeles County, for every 133 people housed, 150 fall into homelessness. In Oakland, for one person housed, two more become homeless. In San Francisco, for every one person housed, three become homeless.

California One Step Closer to Reinstating Affirmative Action

(Sacramento, CA) – As a joint-author of Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 5, which will reinstate affirmative action and equal opportunity programs in the state of California, Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement after the measure passed the Assembly floor today:

"We are in desperate times. Communities of color are in the middle of a depression and income inequality gets worse every day,” said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles). “Proposition 209, California's affirmative action ban, has left a catastrophic legacy in California ripe for these tragedies to unfold. Although we are the wealthiest and most diverse state in the nation, communities of color and women remain woefully underrepresented in our public institutions. With the passage of ACA 5, we are a step closer to reversing the racist and neglectful policies of the past. As we move forward through these perilous times, we must stand together to bring our communities equal opportunity by repealing Proposition 209 once and for all."

Landmark Legislation to Deliver Ongoing Homelessness Funding Makes Headway

(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.    

Santiago Bill to Provide Critical Services to Transgender Community Passes Key Policy Committee

(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.”

Assembly Member Santiago Promotes Newly Created DRAI

(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.”

Asm. Santiago to Fight for People Amidst Doomsday Budget

(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."

$2 Billion Proposal to Combat Homeless Surge Advances

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.”

El Asambleísta Miguel Santiago y la Clínica Eisner Health Se Unen Para Proveer Servicios de Telesalud

(Los Angeles, CA) – El jueves 2 de abril de 2020, el Asambleista Miguel Santiago (D - Los Ángeles) se estará uniendo con Eisner Health en el centro de Los Ángeles para ayudar a informar a personas sobre los servicios de telesalud disponibles durante la pandemia del COVID-19. Las clínicas comunitarias sirven a nuestras poblaciones más vulnerables y desempeñan un papel fundamental en combatir los problemas de salud durante esta crisis.

“Durante esta pandemia, es importante que destaquemos los recursos médicos alternativos en un momento en que los hospitales y las salas de emergencia están sobrecargados,” dijo el Asambleista Miguel Santiago. “Las clínicas comunitarias como Eisner Health ofrecen servicios críticos de telesalud, que permiten que los profesionales de la salud brinden atención de una manera en que la seguridad del paciente y del personal está protegida. Eisner Health y su personal médico siempre se han preocupado por los angelinos, independientemente del nivel de ingresos o el estado de inmigración, y continúan cuidando a nuestra comunidad durante esta crisis ".

Authors of the California Values Act, Advocates and Local Leaders Stand In Support of Enforcing Law

Los Angeles, CA – Today, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin De León, authors of the California Values Act (SB 54), along with Mayor of Huntington Park Karina Macias, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, and victim Jose Maldonado stood together to address the unlawful transfer of undocumented immigrants in certain Southern California cities to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) officials.

“As a proud principal co-author of the California Values Act, I am frustrated to hear that some of our local officers are unlawfully questioning residents about their immigration status and detaining them for I.C.E.” said Assemblymember Santiago. “When this happens, our community stops trusting our officers which compromises our public safety. We will not allow our state resources to be used to further Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.”