Mayor Call for $2 Billion in State Funding for Homelessness

Yelba Carrillo, Principal

In the middle of a challenging budget process, 13 large city mayors called on Governor Newsom to provide $2 billion in annual, ongoing funding for the Homelessness Housing, Assistance, and Prevention (HHAP) grant program to help communities respond to the homeless crisis. The cities represent more than a quarter of the State’s residents and the lion’s share of the State’s homeless population. In addition, the mayors asked that $1.5 billion in State funding be allocated to Project Homekey’s Third Round to ensure that current applications that will house 2,300 households can be funded, that streamlining measures be approved to help projects avoid red tape, and that the Governor support behavioral health measures SB 43 and SB 363 (both from Senator Eggman), which seek to reform the State’s conservatorship laws. See the letter signed by the 13 mayors here.

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Colleen Murphy is a Principal with LeSar Development Consultants’ Homelessness Solutions Team, where she designs and implements homelessness-related programs emphasizing unsheltered/encampment strategies and the intersection of homelessness and healthcare. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from James Madison University and a postgraduate diploma in Epidemiology from the University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Biography | Email

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