State leaders propose bold plan on chronic homelessness:
Earlier this year, California State Senate leader Kevin DeLeon joined a bipartisan group of legislators to propose a package of funding programs to address homelessness in California. The "No Place Like Home" package includes $2 billion to build permanent housing for chronically homeless persons with mental health challenges and promotes the "housing first" approach that is proving successful here and all around the country. We at Smart Solutions are still seeking details on how this proposal will impact Santa Cruz County. While we await details, we can say unequivocally that it is great news that the legislature has elevated the issue of homelessness to this level of attention!
Advocating for additional resources for smart solutions to address homelessness is currently one of our three top advocacy priorities. Our Smart Solutions Leadership Council will be discussing the No Place Like Home proposal at our April meeting and decide if this legislative package will be at the center of our advocacy efforts.
Read more about the "No Place Like Home" proposal here.