A comparison of recent homeless count data reveals a 19% increase in the number of persons identified as severely mentally ill and a 72% increase in the number of chronic substance abusers  A comparison of data entered in the State’s Homeless Data Integration System reveals that 40% of persons had a disabling condition in 2018…

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These bills propose creating new state departments; convening a funder’s workgroup; new grant programs and funding sources; a focus on selected subpopulations; new reporting requirements; option to provide state funding for housing that does not comply with Housing First; determining a homeless shelter crisis; new zoning designations for emergency shelters; immunity from civil liability for…

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Governor’s FY 2022-23 constitutionally required balanced budget proposal by January 10 seeks to deploy a substantially expanded program for jurisdictions to invest in short- and long-term rehousing strategies for people experiencing homelessness in encampments around the state. Trailer Bill Language is the implementing language of the California State Budget Bill. Trailer Bill highlights regarding the Encampment Resolution Funding Program…

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The 2021 Legislative Session concluded on September 10. The last day the Governor could act on legislation was October 10. The Legislature is scheduled to reconvene on January 3, 2022 to further the next legislative session. Regarding homelessness, the approved 2021 legislation requires: Renaming the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to the California Interagency Council…

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Heeding to the State’s Call to Weave Its Soon to be Released Unprecedented Funding Together with Unprecedented Federal Funding Could Prevent and End Homelessness for Tens of Thousands of Persons Statewide During the Next Few Years California, counties, cities, continuums of care, communities, coalitions, commissions, and committees have a chance to collaborate with and challenge…

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